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The power of a happy heart

Cheerful courage can do much to mitigate the trials of life

In my early 20s, I discovered the secret of a happy life. After a fashion.

It was the summer of 1987. I was on holiday in an English seaside town, perusing the shelves of a second-hand book shop, when I came across a faded, yellowing paperback entitled The Christian's Secret Of A Happy Life. It was written by the 19th-century preacher and author Hannah Whitall Smith.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 05, 2018, with the headline 'The power of a happy heart'. Print Edition | Subscribe