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Samuel Beckett: ‘The fact is, it seems, that the most you can hope is to be a little less, in the end, the creature you were in the beginning, and the middle’ Pic: Getty

Happiness isn’t a given - and the sooner we face up to that fact, the more likely it is we’ll find satisfaction in our lives

It’s natural not to feel happy all the time. That should be an obvious truth, but somehow - between the hipster beard obsessions, the lattes, smartphone addiction and the prescription meds - it’s a fact that more and more of us seem to be forgetting. Unhappy? Get a personal trainer. Get a therapist. Get some anti-depressants. Question yourself. Feel worse after questioning yourself. Think about what you haven’t achieved in life. Feel bad. Feel worse. Go back to your therapist. Demand better, stronger antidepressants. Welcome to January.

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