Charlie suffers from cataplexy, a symptom of narcolepsy that causes sudden bouts of paralysis whenever he experiences strong emotions -- in particular, joy. He develops a variety of techniques to deny himself too much pleasure and happiness, but they're put to the ultimate test when he falls in love.
He's never been happier. And that's the problem.
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This story is loosely based on act 3 of episode 409 of "This American Life" radio program hosted by Ira Glass. See more