The Demented Pursuit of Happiness

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The Demented Pursuit of Happiness

Illustration: Juergen Dsouza

“H

appiness is a personal choice,” intoned the woman at the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) session with a manic smile, as I filled up the form while trying to ignore the frantic jingling of her Santa hat. “Positive thoughts have a positive impact on your brain.”

Dicey, I thought. I’d never been the sunshine type, but after all, it was a freezing December in England and “Mindfulness and Positive Thinking” classes had become the rage with all the miserable, overworked, and sun-deprived college kids around me. Moreover, traditional therapy hadn’t worked. So I thought to myself “Why the hell not?”, and signed up to be injected with some ridiculous happiness.

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