The other day during a carpool, I was having a conversation with a colleague about why so many people in America are struggling with finding a healthy weight. If you watched the recent documentary”Weight of the Nation” you saw that the rise in obesity over the last 30 years was a sharp climb, rather than a gradual one. It’s still climbing. It is my profession, to talk to people about this very personally, and about where their struggles are rooted. I see often, not only in my practice, but in the “real world” with friends, family, acquaintances and even strangers, that our country’s people (or at least the parts of it I’m exposed to) are rather unhappy. I believe it would be an interesting observation to study the relationship between feelings of general unhappiness in life, and weight. Now, I certainly am not saying that weight determines happiness, for I believe you can be happy at any weight. What I am suggesting, is that unhappiness can be detrimental to health in many ways, including the risk factor of obesity.
My hypothesis: If a generally unhappy person can find and learn ways to feel generally happy, they will have improved likelihood to live at a weight that is healthful for their unique self. Can you test this hypothesis on yourself? I say “Go for it”!
So – what creates happiness? How does a person find happiness? Try to start by listening to your Happiness GPS. (If you don’t have time to, or don’t want to read the entire article… at least read the beginning and the end.) I think it’s worth a 5 minute read. Learning to find your happiness is worth all the time in the world. This is not a race, but you’ve got to start somewhere, now, don’t you?
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