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Happiness2021-07-31

Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.

―Ayn Rand

Happiness with the present is due to achieving goals. It is also due to relief from stress, pain, anxiety (something bad has not happened, is not happening, and will not happen to you).

Stress disorders (such as PTSD), pain disorders, and anxiety disorders are related to each other. They are all disorders of increased reactivity. They are based on learning from the past, reacting to the present, and trying to avoid future damage and harm. Stress disorders are learning about the circumstances of how something bad happens and (over)reacting to those circumstances when encountered again. Pain is (over)reacting to something bad that is happening or has happened to your body. Anxiety is (over) reacting to something bad possibly happening in the future. Stress disorders and pain are increased reactivity after something has happened, and when encountering it again. Anxiety is increased reactivity before something has happened. Not surprisingly, substances that modulate reactivity, such as alcohol, marijuana, opioids, and benzodiazepines, are used, abused, and can be highly addictive.

Individuals can use our Life x Mind app to privately keep track of their stress, pain, anxiety, and happiness. They can develop insights into how their activities and life events impact them, and how to increase their happiness. They can choose to share that information with trusted family members, friends, coaches, and therapists.

Clinicians can use our MindX Blood Testing to obtain an objective assessment of their patient’s stress1 and pain2 levels, risk of future worsening, as well as personalized, non-addictive medication and nutraceutical choices.

Live. Happier. Longer.

Bob

Footnotes

  1. Le-Niculescu H, Roseberry K, Levey DF, Rogers J, Kosary K, Prabha S et al. Towards precision medicine for stress disorders: diagnostic biomarkers and targeted drugs. Mol Psychiatry 2020; 25(5): 918-938.

  2. Niculescu AB, Le-Niculescu H, Levey DF, Roseberry K, Soe KC, Rogers J et al. Towards precision medicine for pain: diagnostic biomarkers and repurposed drugs. Mol Psychiatry 2019; 24(4): 501-522.