Dilbert creator Scott Adams defines happiness as health plus freedom. The freedom part (“doing what you want, when you want”) is a bit tricky, but the health part? Hmmm, maybe that’s tricky too:
Fitness and diet are important for happiness. There have been a lot of studies on willpower and how it’s a reserve that gets used up. If you have a goal for your diet, like lose 10 pounds, you’re probably going to get there. But getting back to what I was saying about systems and goals, I suggest that instead, you simply learn as much about diet science as you can. Eventually knowledge will replace willpower. If I were to say to you, you have a choice between a potato and pasta, most people wouldn’t realize that a potato is twice as high on the glycemic index as pasta. Knowledge will get you to a much better point. You should also understand that fat doesn’t make you fat.
Learning as much about diet science can be a little bit like falling in a rabbit hole, what with all the arguments that can be had. But if you can avoid that and focus on the basics (eating a little bit better, moving a bit more, getting some sleep, and nurturing your connections with friends and family), your efforts toward better health are likely to be rewarded. Maybe even by increased happiness … or at least, one can hope!