While I shopping for herbs at Home Depot yesterday, I noticed how "happy" people seemed to be. Strangers were smiling at others and stopping to chat about their gardens they were filling with flowers, vegetables and herbs.
Given how gloomy everyone is about the state of the economy and frightened about the future, I was amazed at the chasm between how depressed we are and how upbeat people were behaving in the garden department.
The answer to this puzzle is quite simple. Humans, by nature, are productive beings. We need to be productive and grow. Growth is a need, not a want. We need to grow plants and herbs. We need to grow our families. We need to grow in our professions or avocations.
We need to GROW to be effortlessly happy.