In the case of the Chinese finger trap, Hayes observes, 'doing the presumably sensible thing is counterproductive'.
Following the negative path to happiness is about doing the other thing the presumably illogical thing instead.
Excerpted from The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman. Copyright © 2012 by Oliver Burkeman. Excerpted by permission of Faber and Faber. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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