Happiness can mean different things to different people. You may have one perception of what happiness is, I may have another. Right now, we put the happiness label on different things, which, from a scientific point of view, makes it difficult to work around. So, the first thing we must do is to break the concept of happiness down into its various parts. For instance, if we were to look at how the economy is doing, we could break it down into indicators such as GDP, growth and interest and unemployment rates. Each indicator gives us additional information about how the economy is doing. The same thing goes for happiness. It is an umbrella term. So, we break it down and look at the different components. Let's go back to that morning in Paris. How happy was I? Brush your teeth when you wake up and go to sleep. Failing to do so means you have food rotting in your mouth all day and night. Floss to get the rotting food from in between your teeth. It only takes 5 minutes to start rotting once it's in your mouth. This negatively affects your health. Last, rinse with an Antiseptic mouthwash to get the rotting microscopic food particles out and to kill the leftover bacteria and germs. Dentists recommend going in for checkups and cleanings every 6 months. Wash ALL of your skin thoroughly, not just your armpits and crotch area. That's called a "Whore Bath".

Wash your face, back of your neck, back, inside of your belly button, your ass, arms, legs, and the bottom of your feet. Scrub. Don't just put soap on and think you're clean. I know telling you this is completely ridiculous, but many people still bathe like 4-year-olds! If the inside of the collars of your button-down shirts are dirty and brown, you're not washing good enough. Use white towels to dry off. If they start losing their brightness after one or two times, work on your shower skills. Wash all hair thoroughly because hair and the skin under it holds odors. Once dirty clothes are in the hamper, don't take them back out and wear them! Cologne and perfume doesn't mask that unique and unpleasant smell. Once you wear jeans once or twice, wash them. You may not smell them, but a gust of wind ensures everyone else does. And please, don't put the same underwear back on after taking a shower. We covered this already but we'll talk about it again. When you have your act together, you're not bouncing off of the walls, fidgeting, and displaying a lot of nervous ticks. You're, physically, calm, still, and composed. You're not all over the place. You're not overly energetic and anxious. Your energy doesn't make others feel uneasy and nervous. You walk, talk, and move in a confident, calm, and composed manner.

Your gestures don't freak people out. You're not feeling insecure and unsure. You're not suffering from severe mental and emotional chatter. A promotion for snake oil? For a destination resort? Not exactly. That's what families might read when they go online, desperate and frightened that a loved one with an addiction may die unless he or she is treated and gets better. That's what those in the throes of an addiction read as well, and the seduction can be alluring. The addiction-treatment "industry," not including public, state, city, and county treatment programs, is principally for-profit--and it is big business. Private not-for-profits are in the business as well, with their CEOs and medical directors making high-six-figure incomes. Annually, industry revenues are estimated to be $34 billion (2013), as we see in a screenshot and voice-over in the riveting documentary The Business of Recovery, released in 2015. Addiction is ubiquitous in our society, and its toll is grave. If the mental health-care system is troubled, and it surely is, the substance use treatment system is even more so--but it has largely escaped notice. That leaves patients and their families all the more subject to its false claims, inadequate treatments, and financial exploitation. Unfortunately, while I could divert my attention from my tasks with relative ease, whenever I attempted to deal with just one task, one of the following scenarios usually played out: If I tried to focus on just one task, then the other tasks I had put off came flooding back into my mind, causing me to second-guess myself about which one I should really be doing. If one particular task felt "impossible" to complete, I then felt incapable of accomplishing any of them. Once in a great while, but usually on a Saturday or a Sunday, I'd wake up and decide that that day was "the day" to tackle my tasks--meaning, all of them. It didn't take very long for me to realize I didn't have the patience to deal with just one of them, let alone all of them. Soon, my ever-decreasing ability to handle tasks, combined with ever-increasing levels of frustration, led to lower levels of self-esteem and stamina within myself, which culminated in feelings of mental depression. In short, not only did I worry about my ability to complete tasks--I also grew concerned about my ability to take care of my own well being.

Self-pity then turned into self-anger and I berated myself with terrible self-judgments, such as "I'm a worthless piece of crap," or, "I'm unworthy to roam the earth among other people, the ones who have value and take care of themselves." My self-directed anger then boiled over and I reluctantly came to the belief that, as a person, I was incapable. Upon reaching that conclusion, an unexpected feeling of serenity came over me. It seemed as if there was no longer any point in beating myself up, for it was all quite obvious: that compared to other adults, not only was I incapable, but inadequate as well. Thus, doomed to this terrible fate, it seemed rather cruel to continue beating up on "poor old me." In light of the circumstances, it made a lot more sense to be kinder to myself, and to even treat myself to some much-needed relief as a compensation of sorts for all the pain, anguish, and misery that I'd just gone through. Can you guess what form that took? The conception of health has moved from a passive view (someone is either well or ill) to one that is more active and process based (someone is working toward preventing or managing disease). Hence, the dominant focus has shifted from doctors and treatments to patients and prevention, resulting in the need to strengthen our ability and confidence (as patients and consumers of health care) to look for, assess, understand, manage, share, adapt, and use health-related information. An individual's health literacy level has been found to predict his or her health status better than age, race, educational attainment, employment status, and income level (National Network of Libraries of Medicine, 2013). Greater health literacy also enables individuals to better communicate with health care providers such as doctors, nutritionists, and therapists, as they can pose more relevant, informed, and useful questions to health care providers. Another added advantage of greater health literacy is better information-seeking skills, not only for health but also in other domains, such as completing assignments for school. For generations, doctors, nurses, nutritionists, health coaches, and other health professionals have been the trusted sources of health information. Additionally, researchers have found that young adults, when they have health-related questions, typically turn to a family member who has had firsthand experience with a health condition because of their family member's close proximity and because of their past experience with, and trust in, this individual. Expertise should be a core consideration when consulting a person, website, or book for health information. The credentials and background of the person or author and conflicting interests of the author (and his or her organization) must be checked and validated to ensure the likely credibility of the health information they are conveying. While books often have implied credibility because of the peer-review process involved, self-publishing has challenged this credibility, so qualifications of book authors should also be verified. When it comes to health information, currency of the source must also be examined. When examining health information/studies presented, pay attention to the exhaustiveness of research methods utilized to offer recommendations or conclusions. Small and nondiverse sample size is often--but not always--an indication of reduced credibility. Studies that confuse correlation with causation is another potential issue to watch for. Information seekers must also pay attention to the sponsors of the research studies.

For example, if a study is sponsored by manufacturers of drug Y and the study recommends that drug Y is the best treatment to manage or cure a disease, this may indicate a lack of objectivity on the part of the researchers. The Internet is rapidly becoming one of the main sources of health information. Online forums, news agencies, personal blogs, social media sites, pharmacy sites, and celebrity "doctors" are all offering medical and health information targeted to various types of people in regard to all types of diseases and symptoms. There are professional journalists, citizen journalists, hoaxers, and people paid to write fake health news on various sites that may appear to have a legitimate domain name and may even have authors who claim to have professional credentials, such as an MD. All these sites may offer useful information or information that appears to be useful and relevant; however, much of the information may be debatable and may fall into gray areas that require readers to discern credibility, reliability, and biases. Knock on your neighbours' doors and introduce yourself. Alternatively, for us introverts, drop a sign-up sheet in everyone's letterbox. You can tell people that you are creating the list in case of burst pipes and other emergencies. Ask for names and contact information, but also consider adding a questionnaire to help you get to know people better. Would you babysit a dog or cat? (Yes! Also, can I please walk the dog once in a while?) What is your favourite book? (I'm always torn between The Great Gatsby and A Farewell to Arms.) How many languages do you speak? (Three on average. After a bottle of wine: five; before my morning coffee: barely one.) Try and focus on skills that might be of use to other neighbours. Who is good with computers? Who knows how to change a tyre? Who knows how to preserve fruit? A simple way to start the conversation in your community is to establish a mini-library built on the take-one-leave-one-book principle. The library doesn't have to be anything fancy or contain the entire collection of the Library of Alexandria.