After 100-plus essays, we are finally getting down to the core of what this is all about. How do you live a happy life? It’s actually not as hard as you think. Deep, meaningful relationships make you happy. Porn does not. Sure, it does, for 15 seconds of bliss, but then you are back to square one.
EXCELLENT! This parallels my life experience. I would only add one thing: Happiness is a choice, but joy is a fruit of the Spirit.
One of your best essays.
I do suspect that with regard to alcohol, correlation is easily confused with causation. People tend to drink to soften their other pains and sadnesses.
I'm glad you've found your happiness.
Wait, talk about God a little bit more lol
It sounds stupid but exercise, time with the dog and decent food does it for me. That's it. That's the comment
Check out Huberman Lab podcast. Also Anita Lempke book, “Dopamine nation.”
Both describe that we don’t return to baseline, but rather we dip below baseline
after a powerful dopamine hit - that neurotransmitter that stimulates pleasure center
of the human brain. I don’t know about cats. Both Drs. Huberman and Lempke work
out of the Stanford school of medicine.
Excellent , thought provoking . Thanks for writing in this great article
Interesting post. Can relate on several points. Would add one thing. Paraphrasing Martin Luther King and William Blake - I believe if you love your neighbor and yourself you will love your higher power/God.
Well done sir.
I reject the premise, a wise man once said "we're all here to experience a little stress"
Excellent JD. Paging Dennis Prager.
Wow! Powerful writing. I enjoyed reading and agree
Fantastic. Just fantastic.
just read this...your best yet...thank you...