Happiness and contentment. What is the key?

July 2005, Warren Matthews

Summary

Is having a fit and strong body the answer? Many people think that to be so! Over the years I have seen many examples of people going to extremes to get their bodies to what they think is peak condition in the belief that this is the way to health and happiness.

Is having a fit and strong body the answer? Many people think that to be so! Over the years I have seen many examples of people going to extremes to get their bodies to what they think is peak condition in the belief that this is the way to health and happiness.

I still clearly remember a friend of mine of 20 years ago whom in outward appearances was the epitome of health in that he was in great shape and exceptionally fit. Nonetheless he collapsed and died on the spot of a heart attack at the age of 40. His friends couldn't believe it... but even then I understood why!

He did not concern himself with his internal health! He figured as many of us do at that age, that we will live forever and was not aware of the need to take care of his internal organs. He unknowingly abused his organs by eating all sorts of junk food.

He looked good on the outside but was dying on the inside! As with so many things in life it is often what you can't see that truly counts.

But that's not all! Even though he was a smart man he never truly experienced a real sense of wellbeing, contentment and thus happiness. He did not lack material possessions. So, what was missing? Why is it that most people seem to find happiness so elusive?

Over the years I have reflected on this question many times and observed peoples level of REAL contentment and happiness. I have also researched the subject. The conclusion that I have come to, which is supported by 'thinking' scientists throughout the world, is that in order to have peace and happiness, not only must you be healthy on the inside with all your organs functioning perfectly, and be free from pain but you must also have the other often missing ingredient!

Which is?

A perfectly functioning healthy brain and nervous system!

Ever wondered why a baby born to a healthy mother whilst being breast feed is content and undoubtedly has a good sense of well being? OK... I hear you say, who wouldn't have peace of mind with having your every need taken care of you, not having to worry where your next meal is coming from nor having to worry how you are going to meet the mortgage payment next month?

Can't argue with that... but there is more to it than this. The baby still has all their brain cells intact. But, it doesn't take long before these cells start progressively dying off. Even in our late teens our brain cells start dying, and unlike other parts of our bodies they are not being replaced. However, that is not as bad as it sounds as we all have many more than we really need so we can afford to lose a few thousand a day!

The problem starts when the rate at which the brain cells begin to die accelerates and the communication between the remaining ones starts breaking down... ie your neurotransmitters are no longer 'firing on all cylinders'. Add to that a general deterioration in your nervous system and you are heading for trouble!

What sort of trouble? For a start... memory loss, brain fog, depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia, loss of your sense of well being etc, etc. There is much more, but that's enough for the moment!

So, what's the answer?

In a word... feeding your brain and nervous systems those NUTRIENTS that science has discovered are needed to get those neurotransmitters firing on all cylinders again!

BUT... you may be thinking, surely I can get enough of these nutrients from my diet? Sorry, but there is virtually no hope of doing this in today's modern world... but that is a subject for another day. Even with a good diet you still could not get enough of some of the special ingredients that your brain and nervous system needs as some of them are simply not present in a 'normal' diet, this is why taking supplements containing specialized ingredients known to be beneficial to the brain and nervous system are so important. 

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