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"Things" Don't Make You Happy

Dr. Karlo Mauro, N.D.

A few years ago, my family and I went to a resort on the beach in Mexico.

When we were leaving at the airport in Detroit, the kids' sealed packages of soy pudding and organic apple sauce were deemed a serious threat to homeland security.

You know what I mean… such liquid snack food may indeed be cleverly disguised explosive chemicals that my son Alek would ignite with his digital watch.

When the officer took away the snacks, Alek and Ella became teary eyed as we walked away from the security station. Next thing I know the same customs officer had caught up to us.

"Are your kids allergic to dairy?"

"No," my wife Natalia said.

"Are you sure?" said the officer with a wink.

"Okay," I said. "Yeah, they are terribly allergic. Milk can throw their digestive tract into a frenzy in less than 30 seconds. Last thing we want happening at high altitudes, but I guess there's no choice. I would have brought some homeopathic remedies, but..."

"Okay, okay," she said. "If they're allergic to milk… "

She immediately handed back the soy puddings. Alek and Ella lit up as if she'd given them an ice cream sandwich.

Not sure what they did with the organic apple sauce but maybe they sent it to the Pentagon for analysis.

That got me thinking about the nature of what makes us happy and what makes us sad. I mean, if you look at it, nothing really changed for my kids. One moment they were holding pudding in their hands, the next moment they weren't. Holding a plastic container is hardly a pleasurable experience. If anything, it's awkward.

Their happiness was totally in their mind. I mean, the customs officer may have handed them back containers full of water, yet they would have been just as happy (until they opened them up of course).

I ask my patients what their goals are by coming in to see me and the responses I hear most often is "I just want to be happy."

"Why not just be happy right now?" I ask.

I'll Be Happy When...

"Oh, I can't," they say. "I'll be happy when I get out of debt… When I pay off my house… When the kids finish school… When I have kids… When I get married… When I get a better job… When I retire… When I lose 20 pounds…"

They invariably use the word "when" in their answer.

"When" is the one word that stops you from being happy NOW.

If you're only happy "when…" then you've sentenced yourself to being unhappy all the time — because the only reality is "now."

It's too bad… you see, people come to me for treatments using herbs, homeopathics, acupuncture and lifestyle guidance to help them be more healthy. Yet, being happy would be rated higher on my list than diet and exercise for producing health (all things being equal).

Cheerfull Rule Breakers

We've all seen the type who eats junk food and doesn't exercise, but manages to have a cheerful disposition all the time and seems like they'll live forever.

Of course, once extreme improper diet and lack of exercise start catching up with such a person, they soon find it more and more difficult to be happy. So, I think my recommendation would be to practice being happy by living healthy.

In fact, most people don't eat right or exercise because they think the process will make them unhappy. They associate the result (thin, strong, healthy body) with happiness, but not the means (proper nutrition and exercise). Most of that is in their mind.

Personally, I find a fresh, colourful green salad with an herb dressing more enticing then a bland looking "happy meal" at McDonald's. When I play soccer or spend a Saturday evening playing golf with my son, I feel alive and invigorated… much better than how most people feel after a day loafing around the house.

Is Conditional Happiness Sabotaging Your Life?

You see, happiness isn't something that happens to you. It's something you yourself do and determine. Don't wait for it… you'll have a long wait.

I'm finding, more and more, that happiness is a mental habit. If it's not practiced in the present it is never experienced. It cannot be made dependent on solving some external problem. When one problem is solved, another appears to take its place. Life is a series of problems.

Money is often a big problem for most people.

We've been taught that we can't be happy until we are making X amount of dollars. Yet there are families in Mexico and many other countries who live in deplorable poverty who are always smiling. You might say that's because they don't know any better… but it sounds to me as if they know a lot better.

If you are to be happy at all, you must be happy... period! Not happy "because of." You can't be a victim. Sure there are extreme examples that should be avoided… but I'm talking about day-to-day life.

You must take personal responsibility for being happy. It puts you in control. With control comes the power to make changes.

You cannot change many facts about your life but you can alter your opinions on how you feel about those facts. It's far easier to change (or simply get rid of) opinions, then it is to change your environment.

Sure, it might seem a little crazy. But, have you ever noticed that the crazy ones are the happy ones?

Honestly, the following scenario sounds more crazy to me…

It's a fact that you may have to get a loan for your mortgage and have to pay it off for the next 15 years. It's your OPINION, however, that the world is coming to an end.

Look, when the world comes to an end, it's pretty incomparable to your loan payments…

The end of the world will probably involve the sun going supernova or something astronomical like that. The oceans will boil up before it even hits us. Earthquakes will rip continents apart. Lava and volcanoes will spurt upward. Finally, the entire planet will become debris dissolving into the infinitude of space.

THAT, my friend, is the end of the world.

Your bank loan, is nothing close.

That's a big example. There are a hundred little examples happening all through the day. You expected something to be some way, and it didn't turn out that way.

Bottom line, don't let outward events and other people dictate how you shall feel and how you shall react. Don't think they'll make you feel happy, angry, bored, sad, excited… whatever.

But for now, remember quite simply, "things" don't make you happy.

Yours in Natural Health,

Dr. Karlo Mauro, N.D.

Dr. Karlo Mauro, BSc, BA, MSEd, ND
Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine
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