Giving talks in schools about those of us with Japanese heritage, incarcerated at the beginning of WWII with Japan, I ask, “What would you choose if you can only take what you can carry?”
“WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE??”
At age 78 and this 2017 year, a lot of my life is on my computer and on flash drives. Of course, I would take the hand written book Sam gave me for our 25th wedding anniversary. I would fill a suitcase with clothes. But, these are all material things I can live without.
Fun things give us short term and material pleasure, including many ‘drugs’ that are prescribed and available - these stimulate Dopamine, producing excitement and addiction.
WHAT’S IMPORTANT FOR LONG TERM HAPPINESS?? The Seratonin effect - avoid sugars (especially artificial sweeteners); provide body good complete proteins. Lack of Serotonin creates depression, sleeping problems, etc..
Dr. Lustig suggests his 4 Cs:
CONNECTING - with family/friend activities.
CONTRIBUTING - help others.
COPING - read his book HACKING OF THE AMERICAN MIND, learn, grow spiritually.
COOKING - as raw and natural as possible and avoid sugars. Supplementing is necessary because we can’t get what our body needs from today’s sources for food. -dg