7 secrets of human happiness (spoiler: selflessness is overrated)

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When he started writing his column many years ago, he wanted to keep writing until he “discovered the secret of human happiness”.

“Obviously, I never expected to find ­the secret, but on some level I must’ve known there were questions I needed to confront – about anxiety, commitment-phobia in relationships, control-freakery and building a meaningful life,” says English writer Oliver Burkeman.

Now, he’s decided to call it a day.

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