Dr. Andrew Weil, author of the new book ‘Spontaneous Happiness,’ chats with with friend and colleague, Dr. Mehmet Oz, about the blues, beating afternoon sugar cravings (yes, he gets them too), and why he was once known as ‘The Mad Turk.’
We’re getting ready for happiness month at Everyday Health, and we’re honored to have integrative medicine and wellness guru Andrew Weil, MD, as our guest happiness editor throughout the month of November. In conjunction with the release of his new book, Spontaneous Happiness, he’ll be talking to some of his famous friends, including cardiothoracic surgeon and prominent TV host Mehmet Oz, MD, about how they define and achieve contentment.
Feel like you could use a little extra lift in your step? Be sure to join our C’mon Get Happy Challenge. The two-week event kicks off November 1. Get set to boost your mood, meet new friends, and win amazing prizes!
Read on for Dr. Oz’s take on happiness.
Andrew Weil: You have an incredibly demanding work life and you’re always expected to be positive. What do you do to maintain your emotional equilibrium? Do you ever get down?
Mehmet Oz: Oh, I get down. It’s interesting, I don’t know anyone who puts themselves out there who doesn’t feel insecurity, who doesn’t feel a sense of doom and gloom periodically. Folks are always coming up to me and saying, “You have a charmed life and you’re lucky about this or that,” but most of my days I spend thinking about worries that could easily get you down. You know, I did an aortic valve operation this morning. We did a stitch to repair a hole in the heart, and it didn’t work. That is not a calming moment. But what I’ve learned, and a lot of folks have wandered down this path with me, is that you can develop some equipoise, some ability to understand that it’s never as good as it is or as bad as it is either. Find the blessings in the people around you because they’re the ones that support your life. It’s the nurse that says, “Here, I’ll do this stitch for you,” and it’s just in the calming way she says it that brings you comfort because she has confidence in you. And on the show — you’ve been to our stage many times — it’s nice to have a stage manager because she’ll point you this way or that, she’ll cover you, and those kinds of little efforts I find hugely valuable. It gives me this sense of calm in the middle of a storm.
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