January 2012: This photo of daughter Lisa and grandson Rylan makes me happy.
Though I will see my internist next week for follow up, I already have my lab test scores. My random glucose is normal, so I definitely am not diabetic. But, it is my cholesterol that worries me. My triglycerides and LDL are abnormally high. I will have to change my fatty diet by abstaining from ice cream, French fries and hash browns. I wonder if my doctor will prescribe medication to lower my cholesterol.
Did you see the latest study that examined whether happiness leads to longevity? The answer is no, happiness does not lead to longevity. The good news is that even if you are miserable, you might live long anyway. The bad news is why would you want to live long if you are miserable?
If you were to ask if I am happy, I would say that my prevailing feeling is one of gratitude. I am so grateful for my many blessings: my satisfying marriage to David, my two healthy children and two healthy grandkids, my spacious house, and my ability to live well in expensive Hawaii.
Gratitude leads to happiness, in my opinion.