Happiness… is “NOT” a warm gun, bang, bang, shoot, shoot! According to statistics though, the increase in heroin users is up dramatically. Yes, humans are always consumed with a few basic “animalistic” addictions, the cravings of our humanly desires. As humans, we are driven by a couple of natural desires, all boiling down to being “HAPPY.”
Yes, the human brain likes the spirit that it is attached to (you) to be happy! There are a few things that trigger endorphins, which are the transmitters of chemicals into our bodies that makes us “Feel good!” Endorphins are peptides that activate the body’s opiate receptors, causing an analgesic effect. The first one is sexuality. Sexual desires have been the root of many passions that drive the human being and is one sure way to give us that “Feeling” of being happy. Unfortunately some of us do not know where to draw the line. The world has many sexual addicts and that is another story, another time!
Sometimes the cravings grow stronger and the mind craves more. More of “whatever” it is that you are drawn to, that satisfies your need to feel “Happy.” It could be food, clothes, shopping, drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes or possibly on to even more stimulating activities. Recreational drug use has always been a “go-to” for centuries, allowing mankind to escape, momentarily, to a more care-free, happy state of mind. If one is not spiritual in nature, then it is very common to see (Wo)man to go to other alternatives.
Today, unfortunately because of the stresses that our world is putting on most individuals, humans are looking for even more powerful ways to “counter” the stresses and ways, again, to “Feel happy!” In the old days (and today) the heroin dealers would give away the first few samples, to get you “Hooked!” Then, you become a regular customer and you spend your last dollar on a “fix”, just so you could “feel happy”, one more time (on a weird side note, that is “Living” in the moment)! Soon, the “high” doesn’t last as long and before you know it, your whole life is spent chasing that next “fix”, for that next good “feeling”, so the inner voice will calm down and be happy.
It is such an epidemic and it starts because people do not know how to communicate. Because our system does not provide a good mental health system to care for all of the people that are suffering, people have nowhere to go to talk, to get help or to feel wanted and loved. When people feel at a loss, that is when they resort to the un-natural things that people do to make themselves feel “Happy!” “If you want to get lost, follow the crowd!”
Unfortunately in America and around the world, people are following the crowd, but in the wrong ways! Apparently the challenges in today’s society are so great, that people feel that they do not have any other choice (God is always a good choice… or some higher power) but to escape reality and nowadays, heroin is the “Top choice” for many people. Then you combine all of the related issues that goes along with such an addiction and you can see why it is such a shame that we have come to a point where we feel so desperate to do such a thing to ourselves and our families, when there are so many dangers associated with heroin use.
Mango believes that there are many alternatives and a good HUG, is the first way to start. Everyone needs and wants a good HUG! It has been shown in many studies that “Hugs” relieve many stresses and illnesses! Recently we spoke of comfort foods and how they make us feel good inside and we started out with my mom’s meatloaf.
In other parts of the world, there are other comfort foods and remember, what is a comfort food? Well, it is something that makes you feel all “Good inside!” Just like a good HUG, but from the inside! Since we all would like to be part of the change in the world, instead of using or resorting to heroin, if we all sat down and had a good meal together, to share in the days experiences and to break “bread” together, then maybe all of these things would make a little change to where people are feeling happier and not needing to go out and look for that “warm gun!”
Since comfort foods are like a warm HUG for the soul and the body, today’s comfort food comes from Germany. Germans have a big liking for meats and for sausages, cured meats, stews, pickled foods and of course, beer! German foods have a strong influence from Austria and Switzerland and noted, has the second largest amount of Michelin starred restaurants outside of France! Like everything the Germans do, they take pride and work hard on their cuisine and deserve the recognition that comes with being one of the best!
On a simpler note though, something that is definitely a “comfort” food is Spätzle. Spätzle is a popular egg noodle. Spätzle can be served a number of different ways, so the “comfort” part varies from house to house. They’re also an easy noodle to make without fancy equipment! The recipe for noodles below is a basic recipe. It is up to YOU on how you like to finish off the noodle, so get creative!
- 1 c. flour
- 1/4 c. milk
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 tsp. nutmeg, ground
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 2 Tbs. butter
- 2 Tbs. fresh parsley, chopped
- Pinch of white pepper
1. In a large bowl, mix flour, nutmeg, pinch of pepper and salt. In a separate bowl, beat eggs. Alternate adding eggs and milk into the dry ingredients, and mix until smooth. Let rest for about 15 minutes.
2. Press dough through a metal grater (kind of like you would with cheese). You can also use a large-holed sieve or colander.
3. Bring lightly salted water to a boil, and add spätzle in batches. Stir occasionally (and gently) until the spätzle floats on the surface, about 4 minutes. Pour into colander and rinse with cold water. Repeat as many times as necessary.
4. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Add spätzle and coat evenly with butter for about 1-2 minutes and then finish off the way you like. Maybe just a simple parmesan with the butter… it is up to you!
Wow, you could have a Spätzle party and have a bunch of Spätzle along with bowls of toppings and then invite some friends over (have them grab some good German “Brewskies”) and create an International kind of comforting party, a party that makes everyone feel good, feel loved and just plain ole’ “Happy!”
Do you realize you just did it again! You took one more step towards creating “World” peace, one “Mouthgasm” at a time! This is much more comforting and healthy for you and your friends, than the alternative that the world seems to be going in.
When you woke up this morning (or really any morning), at that moment, if you are in your bed, in a safe environment, that you are doing great!? Literally, life can change in a “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, like Mick Jagger once sang, so DON’T take life for granted, it is a gift! Nothing ever stays the same!
So, what do you do? Well, to SMILE, that is a great start! Then, have “Gladitude”, because being grateful for what you have will start you on your way to creating more abundance in your life, to creating greater things for you and all those around you! Because when you are overflowing with abundance, it will be so much easier for you to give to others! Now do you see how it works!? It is not bad for you to have abundance as long as you are sharing it with the rest of the world! Until next time, remember that this is your life, so do something so remarkable that even the cat stops in its tracks and goes “WT…!?” Peace
You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must play to win and expect to win! Zig Ziglar