Grumpy and Happy

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Wednesday, January 25, 2006
By Yokota Fritz

Say hello to Dick. Hello, Dick. Dick is sitting in a car and he is a grumpy man. Grumpy grumpy grumpy.

Dick is frustrated. He pays hundreds of dollars every month for his car loan, insurance and registration. He spends 10 hours every week sitting in his car, waiting for all those other cars to move out of his way. No wonder Dick is grumpy. Is there a way for Dick to become happy?

The girl on the bike is Jane. Hello, Jane. Unlike Dick, Jane is happy. Happy happy happy. Unlike the short-term thin veneer of happiness that occurs from buying stuff, Jane's joy is genuine and long lasting. Jane is relaxed and comfortable on her bike. She moves at a human pace. She's not isolated from the people or environment around her. She is connected and complete.

Recent research shows that even a moderate, short workout can help to lift your spirits. "If you can go out and walk and get the recommended amount of exercise, then it might help you manage your symptoms [of clinical depression] on a day-to-day basis," said lead study author Dr. John Bartholomew of the University of Texas at Austin. Past studies, he explained in an interview, have shown that regular exercise can help treat depression over time. But the new findings show that "you don't have to wait" to start getting some benefit, he said.

Are you sad and grumpy? If so, get out, ride and be happy.

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