Even if we’ve never spelled them out, each of us carries within us a private list of ‘reasons to live’. Mental illness can threaten these reasons: to heal, we may need to seek out new ones.
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“When we are feeling well in our minds, we hardly notice that we might be harbouring in ourselves anything as formal or as dramatic-sounding as ‘reasons to live.’ We simply assume that we like life itself and that it must be natural and inevitable to do so. And yet a broad appetite for life is, on close inspection, never simply that; our apparently general buoyancy must covertly rest on a range of specific elements that, while we may not bother to itemise them, have their own and distinct identities nevertheless…”
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