You may or may not have read this past December the story of my granddaughter and her pet snail. That’s right, a pet snail. Who’d a thunk anyone would have a snail for a pet. Yet, these gastropods are the top pet choice over guinea pigs and other critters of that ilk. K, my granddaughter, wanted a pet that was just for herself. Their dog didn't count since he was shared by all members of the family.
Talking with K about her new pet, I learned way too much information about snails. That’s what happens when you ask questions. You are likely to learn something. Perhaps even something you did not expect.
Her number one hydropod is Phoebe of the Gold Mystery breed. Yes, snails have breeds. Again, who’d a thunk?
Over the past few months, I would periodically ask K how things are with Phoebe. It seems like her life purpose is to scale the tank wall and reproduce. Tank cleaning keeps the population under control. All except Phoebe go down the drain. Made me wonder if all of the supurfluous hydrapods ever meet up with the alligators that live in the sewers below the streets.
I recently asked K for an update on the Phoebe situation. Well, it seems that all good things must come to an end. The Phoebe phase is over. In fact, K said, “I have advice for anyone wanting a pet snail. Don’t get one. All they do is reproduce and stink up your room.”
Reality always has a way of setting in at some point, doesn’t it? How often have we wanted something sooo much; something we just had to have to make life worth living?
Now, I will make a short story long. This speaks to the myths of happiness. “If only I get that promotion… if only I can buy a new car…and so on, then I will be happy. Or, there’s “I’ll never be happy if I don’t get to play point guard for the Toronto Raptors or I’ll never be happy if I don’t find a life partner."
The truth is that even if we manage to procure one of those things we think will make us happy, that happiness has a life span of about 2 years. Then what? One important thing studies show is that adding novelty or fresh ideas to the situation can help revive the initial spike of happiness.
Another tried and true practice is a daily dose of gratitude. Noticing and reflecting on people or things in our life that we can appreciate has also been proven to boost happiness. It is true that we can’t be grateful for everything, but in any given moment there is something to be grateful for.
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