CHAPTER 5 The Real Feel

Image of a small plant growing up from soil.

‘Try to make at least one person happy every day, and then in ten years you may have made three thousand and fifty persons happy, or brightened a small town by your contribution to the fund of general enjoyment.’

—Sydney Smith

What the Fuck Is Happiness Anyway?

In 1977 – two years before I was born – representing the Wycliffe Missionary, Daniel Everett travelled to Amazonia to try and convert the Pirahã people to follow the way of the Bible. Instead, they converted him, he abandoned his faith, discovered new values and left his old life behind.


Simple, he found what he believed were the happiest people in ...

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