When faced with two or more options, most often we will choose the thing that brings us closer to joy or bliss, rather than the thing that steers us towards dissatisfaction or sorrow. The desire to feel pleasure and happiness act as prominent guides as we navigate through both small and important life decisions. Is it any surprise that with the multiplicity of natural and chemical substances known to produce euphoric sensations, the quest for happiness and pleasure frequently drive people in the direction of various types of drugs?

The experience of “getting high” commonly refers to using a substance to release various chemical signals in the body, which create different types of sensations. These substances range from alcohol to cocaine to marijuana to prescription medicine, and produce a mild to extreme range of mental and physiological effects, depending on the substance and the quantity taken. Many mind and body-altering substances are illegal in this country, and some have dangerous health consequences, however, there also exist many other legal, safe alternatives. On May 23, the Drug Information Center is sponsoring an event to let you know all about these “natural highs.”

“Natural High Day is a demonstration of how you can “feel high” or good or happy, using natural things instead of chemical pills or drugs that may be illegal,” said Lauren Sindelar, coordinator of the DIC. “Drugs are all about getting a feeling—usually happy or good, and this is an alternative to what we usually program and have events about.”

Part of the DIC’s mission is to provide unbiased, reliable information about the use and effects of different drugs, so that students can make informed decisions about their choices.

“There’s always going to be drug problems, and that’s exactly why we’re here—so we can give information to people,” said Sindelar. She said that much of what the DIC programs is more applicable to students interested in drugs than students who choose to abstain from any drug use, and this event is geared towards reaching out to both of these student groups. “In addition to giving information about drugs we need to promote the other side of the story,” she said. “It’s taking a look at the other side of drug use, or lack of drug use.”

“We’re trying to get out there to students who don’t choose to use drugs. If they choose not to use drugs, we don’t want to leave them out of what the DIC does. We’re also trying to appeal to students who do use drugs and offer an alternative. We’re in no way trying to tell people what they should or should not do, we’re just letting them know of their options,” she said.

The annual event will bring in massage therapists, aromatherapy, homeopathic doctors and chocolate dipped fruit to stimulate all your senses in legal, safe ways. Natural High Day is offers an experience “using taste, smell, and touch, all things natural, that will make you feel happy and rejuvenated and give you an uplift during the middle of the day,” said Sindelar.

“People should come by to see how easy it is to get a natural high. I’m sure everyone who tastes a piece of chocolate dipped fruit will be like, “ooooh, yummm….” It’s really easy to get a natural high, and a lot of people forget about that.”

Just imagine: eating a chocolate dipped strawberry, while being massaged, with your nose in a vile of lavender essential oil. If that doesn’t make you feel good, I don’t know what will. Come by Red Square between 12:30-3:30 on May 23, and enjoy some free, euphoria-producing, natural highs.