Magazine article The Spectator

Doctor's Orders

Magazine article The Spectator

Doctor's Orders

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ONE of my friends, George, is a successful entrepreneur, but his success hasn't stopped him feeling depressed recently. Last week, he went to a behavioural therapist and told her he couldn't muster up much enthusiasm for anything. She urged him to think of something he enjoyed doing. He shrugged his shoulders: 'Can't think of anything,' he mumbled. There must be something you look forward to,' she insisted. He thought for a while and finally came up with: 'Playing bridge.' So that's what the doctor has ordered: more bridge.

It's excellent advice. I often head for the bridge club myself when I feel low or anxious. As Somerset Maugham put it: 'When all else fails, bridge remains a solace and an entertainment.' Even dipping into a book of bridge puzzles can lift your mood - and when you get the answers right you feel positively elated. …

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