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The biggest problem with dentures (false teeth) is that they do not feel comfortable. Some people love them right away while others are never happy with the fit and always seem to suffer.

The unhappy patients frequently return to their dentist for adjustments. They try different adhesives. They even go to other dentists to start over. But no matter what they do, some people's dentures never feel comfortable.

So a denture manufacturer conducted a study to find out why dentures easily fit the mouths of some patients, but were a constant problem with others.

According to this study, they considered the types of material used in the dentures. They considered the methods for shaping the dentures. They checked the dentists' training and techniques. But they could not find out why patients loved or hated their dentures.

But then they discovered one other factor. Most of the patients who complained that their dentures did not fit HAD NOT PAID FOR THEM. They still owed money to the doctor!

If the patient or their insurance company had paid for the dentures, they seemed to fit better.

Why does it matter if the dentures were paid for or not?

Permitting Dishonesty

"When you let somebody be dishonest, you are setting him up to become physically ill and unhappy."

"When you let a person give nothing for something, you are factually encouraging crime." -- L. Ron Hubbard

Lottery winners often lose all their money within a few years. They buy expensive cars and wreck them. They buy big houses and let them go to ruin. One man used his winnings to drink himself to death.

These poor people didn't earn the money. They got something for nothing so it meant nothing to them.

People want to be good. They want to be honest. When they get something for nothing they tend to waste it, as they know they do not deserve it.

When you do some work for someone, not just a favor or a gift, but a valuable piece of work, you must let them pay you or give you something in exchange. If you do not let them give you something in return, they become unhappy.

You see this with governments. Some people accept money from the government to help them get back on their feet. They go to school, work hard and soon return the money they received by paying taxes. These people are healthy and happy.

Other people accept money from the government, but never get back to work. They watch television all day and get fat. They are unhealthy and unhappy.

Children and Exchange

"A lot of this exchange imbalance comes from child psychology where the child is not contributing anything and is not permitted to contribute.

"It is this which first overwhelms him with feelings of obligation to his parents and then bursts out as total revolt in his teens.

"Children who are permitted to contribute (not as a cute thing to do but actually) make noncontributing children of the same age look like raving maniacs!" -- L. Ron Hubbard

When you make children give an exchange they become much happier! Children, as young as three, can contribute by picking up their toys, helping in the kitchen and so on.

If children are not allowed to work until they are adults, they depend on their parents or the government for their money. Or they have to steal it.

Children naturally love to work. It makes them feel important. Smart parents let their children have real jobs. They patiently show their children how to work. For example, how to wash the windows so they are really clean, or how to walk the family dog every day, even when it is really boring.

The most successful people in this world work real jobs when they are young. For example, they take care of the neighbors' yards when they are 8. Or they drive a tractor on their family farms when they are 12. Perhaps they manage a babysitting business when they are 15.

When they become 18, they already have years of work experience. They can work a full eight-hour day. They know how to give an exchange for their pay.

Four Recommendations

1. When people complain about what you do for them, check if they have given you a proper exchange in return. If not, make it a requirement and they will stop complaining about you.

2. Ensure you give an honest exchange for all the goods and services you receive. Like people with dentures, you will be happier with what you receive if you give a fair exchange.

3. Whenever you are unhappy or unhealthy, give more to people. Boost your rate of exchange to a new level. Give more than you are receiving and watch what happens to your health and happiness.

4. Teach children and adults that the world does not owe them a living. They must find ways to earn everything they get in life. Otherwise, they do not enjoy the pride, health and happiness they get from earning an honest living.


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