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Everyone Is Miserable: Here's What We Can Do About It
Johann Hari took his first antidepressants at age 18, and the experience, he says, was like a "chemical kiss." The burden was lifted immediately from his whirring brain. He kept on taking the pills for 13 years, at higher and higher doses-until, at one point, the drugs didn't work anymore.

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Unhappiness vs Depression

Unhappiness vs Depression

Unhappiness and depression are on the same platform. They both are caused due to our disconnection from what makes us happy.

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What we need to be Happy

What we need to be Happy

Depression is caused by the lack of what we need to be happy:

  • We need to belong to a group. 
  • We need to be valued by other people.
  • We need to know that we are good a...

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Soul-Destroying Work

Soul-Destroying Work

If the work you're doing isn't meaningful, people are bound to get anxious, depressed and unhappy. The most stress-inducing is the work that is monotonous and boring.

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Meaningful Values

Meaningful Values

To be happy, we need to have meaningful values:

  • Avoid materialism and consumerism.
  • Find lost connections with nature and people.
  • Be more giving.
  • ...

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