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Growing up, I was a pretty happy kid. I was excited about school, I had really good friends, and I had a lot of fun. I had a zest for life that I may never be able to replicate. I was very carefree and whether I consciously expressed it or not, I had a lot of gratitude for the life that I had the privilege of living.

But my fairly blissful existence also meant that when a negative emotion did come my way, I had no…