Ways to have a happier life

  • Have friends that make you happier and see them often
  • Be thankful and express it to others. A prayer of thanksgiving is good.
  • Help others
  • Have empathy
  • Have integrity
  • New social experiences
  • Live in the present
  • Be in awe
  • Savor life
  • Have less stuff
  • Do not covet
  • Have a belief system that eliminates being upset (Albert Ellis)
  • Do not worry about status
  • Do not chase pleasure
  • Smile
  • Practice mindfulness
  • Meditate, (Three variations)
  • Forgive
  • Look for flow experiences
  • Get adequate sleep
  • Join a Church and attend small group meetings
  • Limit added sugar (Better yet, eliminate added sugar)
  • Exercise
  • Have a purpose in life
  • Have blue light in the day and not at night
  • Limit TV and do not watch the news
  • Limit electronic communication
  • Hug as often as socially acceptable
  • Eat a balanced diet that includes all the nutrients
  • Eat Anti-inflammatory compounds
  • Intermittent fasting
  • Prayer

Inflammation causes

Clogged Arteries


Brain Damage

Immune system damage

Heart damage

Ineffective and counterproductive attempts to have a happier life 
Alcohol, Nicotine and other depressants
Candy (Sugar)
Ice cream
Marijuana (Hall-Flavin, n.d.)
Oxycodone and other opioids
Caffeine and other stimulants
Social media
Computer games

This is the photo on the cover of Happy in Intensive Care Christian Edition. It is from the window in the Shepard of the Woods Lutheran Church in Jacksonville Florida

Happy in Intensive Care and Happy in Intensive Care Christian Edition
How to be happy independent of your Circumstances

We are all born with a level of happiness based on our genetics. Without taking specific steps we are trapped at this level. It is possible to find out that level by taking the Oxford Happiness Questioner. This will measure your happiness and describe how happiness effects your life.  The Life Questions page will show where specific help is available in the books. By clicking on one of the Amazon links on the home page you can see 30 pages of the book without purchase. Reading the book and putting some of the 31 specific action items into practice will increase your happiness level. This will enable a better life and reduce the possibility of later life depression. Start now.

Happiness is what the Christian community calls joy. For a Christian, pleasure is due to circumstances and fleeting. Joy is what is in you. For the psychological community pleasure is due to circumstances and is fleeting happiness is what you have in you.

My friend Dan was a great help.

I have  been helped by my late friend Dr. Dan Heart PhD Psychology who helped with the technical accuracy of the science, my daughter Janet Malanga, BS Business, BA Chinese and Registered Dietitian, My friend Gary who is knowledgeable on drugs for treating psychological diseases, Pastor George L. Johnson AS, BA, MDiv, DMin  and many others including my students which have been the best critics.

Note on Happy in Intensive Care

I Thought I Was Invincible
In the spring of 2016, my son-in -law and I backpacked Laos. We walked in across the North East border with Thailand into Laos and ended up at the Southern border at  Vientiane. I had been regularly working out and I felt invincible.

In January 2017 I went on my normal seven-mile bike ride that would take me around the neighborhood to the gym to work on my upper body.  Part way around I felt weak and came home My wife Harriet said I should go the emergency clinic. I resisted at first and laid down. I then agreed. The emergency clinic doctor did some quick tests and said I needed to go to the hospital NOW! I had two back to back open-heart surgeries. In the intensive care unit, I had water on my lung. This was taken out. I was then found to be anemic. The search for the anemia problem led to the discovery of stomach cancer. The tumor was removed. I then had a hernia at the tumor removal site. Back in the hospital to repair the hernia I had diverticulitis. While I was being treated for the diverticulitis, I got pneumonia.

The nursing staff at both hospitals were very conscious of my condition and often asked if I was in pain and need a pain pill. When asked, I took inventory of my pain. I had some pain, but I was able to ignore it and I never felt I needed a pill. I engaged with the staff cheering them up, even the janitorial crew thanking them for keeping things clean. I found it particularly useful later in the oncology clinic. Sometimes, the oncology team has to reveal bad news and see some of their patients become progressively sicker. Cheering them up made me feel very happy.

Harriet was very helpful. She stayed with me as often as she could and brought me food. I no longer use caffeine or sugar. As part of my research I learned about the damage done by sugars and suspected that it may have been part of why I was in the hospital. My wife brought me fresher better tasting food and beverages without added sugars or caffeine.

I am now recovered. I was tested for the third time and I have no evidence of cancer. My heart is fully recovered without stents or artificial valves. I did not get depressed during any of this. I remained happy and used the time to make fellow patients and staff happy.

I had been teaching happiness at the University of North Florida Osher Life Long Learning Institute. With that medical experience and the material I had for the course, I wrote a secular book for the course: Happy in Intensive Care. I realize that it was the fruit of the spirit that kept me happy. I had the fruit of the spirit and the knowledge of the science of happiness, an unbeatable combination. With this background I wrote the Christian version: Happy in Intensive Care Christian Edition.

 I am not a Medical Doctor, I am not a Pastor and I am not a Psychologist. I am a Scientist, Engineer and a Business Man. Most importantly I am a Christian. I had help from several accomplished professionals. I was able to stand on the shoulders of thousands of scientists.

Causes of Inflammation




Damaged Mitochondria

Fatty Omentum

Sleep Deprivation

Excess proteins

Omega 6 oils

Trace element deficiency or excess

Wrong Intestinal Bacteria


Hand out for three session course on happiness

Life 401.com Happiness tab
Effective scientifically proven antidepressants
Have friends that make you happier and see them often
Be thankful and express it to others
Help others
Have empathy
Have integrity
New social experiences
Live in the present
Be in awe
Savor life
Have less stuff
Do not covet
Have a belief system that eliminates being upset (Albert Ellis)
Do not worry about status
Do not chase pleasure
Get adequate sleep
Join a Church, Synagogue or Buddhist temple and attend small group meetings
Limit added sugar (Better yet, eliminate added sugar)
Have a purpose in life
Reduce stress
Hug as often as socially acceptable
Reduce inflammation

It is not practical to try everything at once. Try some of the items listed.  Check on progress with the Oxford Happiness questioner.

            Ineffective and counterproductive treatments
Alcohol, Nicotine and other depressants
Candy (Sugar)
Marijuana (D. K. Hall-Flavin, n.d.)
Oxycodone and other opioids
Caffeine and other stimulants

How to answer questions using Happy in Intensive Care Christian Edition.  For specific concerns look for the answers below, then read the entire book. The secular edition questions are after the Christian Edition

Question                                                                          Answer Location

I am concerned about what others think of me.  Chapter 6 pages 47 - 49

I took the happiness test and scored low.             Chapter 23 page 138 – 144  Chapter 27 pages 178 – 179                                                                                       
I am depressed about my weight.                           Chapter 16, 20 and,23

I am worried about my health.                                 Chapter 16, Chapter 23 page 139 until the end and                                                                                                                 Chapter 14

I am often angry                                                          Chapter 5 Page 37 – 42 and Chapter 9 and Chapter 19

I am worried about my job.                                        Chapter 4 Pages 32 – 33, and Chapter 5 page 43 -44                                                                                             Read Chapter 29 you may need to run away

I am lonely.                                                                     Chapter 10 and Chapter 17

My life is too busy                                                        Chapter 12 and Chapters 20, 21 and 22                 

My wife/husband                                                         Chapter 9 and 17

I am depressed                                                             If you are suicidal read page 3. Read page 4 -5                                                                                                                           Work on the items on page 178 - 179

What is the first step to happiness?                          Chapter 3 and Chapter 12 and Chapter 15

My boss / neighbor/ friend coworker is a bully       Chapter 29

I hate this person and that person                             Chapter 8 and 19

I am not happy with my life                                         Chapter 8, 15 and Chapter 18

I am sometimes upset for no reason                         Chapter 13 page 94 and 95

If I find happiness                                                          Page 4 third paragraph

How did the author stay happy in intensive care?   Chapter 28

I or a friend experienced childhood trauma              Chapter 24

I want friends and acquaintances to be Christians   Chapter 30

How to answer questions using Happy in Intensive Care. For specific concerns look for the answers below, then read the entire book.

Question                                                                                     Answer Location

I am concerned about what others think of me.  Chapter 5 pages 45, 48, 49

I took the happiness test and scored low.             Chapter 19 and   Chapter 23 work on the list one at a time

I am depressed about my weight.                           Chapter 20 Entire Chapter also The book Age Successfully

I am worried about my health.                                 Chapter 25,and Chapter 15 pages 18, 19, 20, 21
                                                                                        Chapter 12

I am often angry                                                           Chapter 4  and Chapter 5 Page 46

I am worried about my job.                                        Chapter 5 Pages 45, 46

I am lonely.                                                                    Chapter 9 and Chapter 14

My life is too busy                                                         Chapter 17, 18 and Chapter 10                  

My wife/husband                                                          Chapter 8

I am depressed                                                              Page xv to xix

What is the first step to happiness?                          Chapter 3

My boss / neighbor/ friend coworker is a bully       Chapter 25

I hate this person and that person                            Chapter 16

I am not happy with my life                                         Chapter 7, 13, 15 and Chapter 22

I am sometimes upset for no reason                         Chapter 11

What will be like if I can find happiness                     Chapter 21

How did the author stay happy in intensive care?   Chapter 24.

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