Most Of What You Want Isn’t Good For You

On his radio show Oct. 22, 2010, Dennis said: Most Of What You Want Isn’t Good For You. It will not make you happy. The list is so long that I could spend the rest of the show just listing common things we want that aren’t good for us, such as food.

On the road, I go to grocery stores to pick up food to eat that is semi-healthy. The food available at 7/11 and airports is largely junk. There is almost nothing in there that I don’t want to eat. I want to be buried with M&M peanuts next to me. I love M&Ms.

Most of what we want isn’t good for our happiness and our bodies. Forget our character.

It is important to teach your kids early that what they want is likely not good for them.

As a kid, I did not want to go to school. The happiest days of my elementary school life were when at night, it started to snow and I would look out the window and I had one prayer — that it sticks. If it doesn’t stick, it doesn’t matter how much it snows, the school bus will pick me up because they can get through slush but they can’t get through a serious snow fall that sticks.

Ninety nine percent of the food we want is because it is tasty. Generally speaking, the more tasty the food, the worse it is for you.

If people asked — will this increase my happiness? — they would lead a different life.

I beat myself up for my lack of self-discipline regularly but my free-spirit comes with that price.

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