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“If I Were To Choose To Live My Life Over Again, I Wouldn’t Live It In This Way” Doctor’s Sage Life Advice

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Doctor Gabor Maté is better known as “The Trauma Doctor.” His specialty areas include addiction, stress, and childhood development. He has authored books and created a psychotherapeutic approach to trauma therapy known as Compassionate Inquiry. He offers the world a unique perspective through his many years of work as a doctor. His experience makes the doctor a great source of general life advice.


“If I were to choose to live my life over again, I wouldn’t live it in this way.” Gabor Maté This is a clip from my conversation on this week’s ‘Feel Better Live More’ podcast with Gabor Maté. Head to Episode 440 to listen to the FULL episode #feelbetterlivemore #selfhelp #happiness #gabormate

♬ original sound – Dr Rangan Chatterjee

Dr. Rangan Chatterjee interviewed Dr. Gabor Maté on his “Feel Better Live More” podcast. During their conversation, the doctor offered advice about living a better life if you ever got a do-over.

Using an analogy from “Winnie the Pooh” and the 100-acre wood, he begins with a refresher, recalling the end of the book where Christopher Robin has to go to school and say goodbye to all the Pooh friends. Switching to his experience in medical school and later in his medical practice, he realizes he was driven. He wishes he hadn’t worked so hard and had taken more time to enjoy life.

 Dr. Gabor Maté talking about getting more joy out of life.
Images from TikTok.

After saying he would do things differently, he recalls the book again. “Whatever they do or wherever they go in the Enchanted Forest, a little boy and his bear will always be playing together.” He remembers that phrase because it brings tears to his eyes.

The doctor continued, getting to the meat of his life advice. When people sacrifice their playfulness and joyfulness, they miss out. He blames the origin of this behavior trait on childhood trauma, adding that play and joy are essential. He ends by saying we should all keep playing in the Enchanted Forest.

Slide down that slide. Grab a swing and see how high you can go. Share this with friends and enjoy life!

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