12/16/2008 at 02:00 PM EST
Jim Carrey says he's the happiest he's ever been – and credits a positive outlook and vitamins with helping him find contentment.
"I believe that everything that happens to you is the greatest thing that could ever happen to you," the Yes Man
star, 46, told Larry King on Monday.
"What if ... you fall down a manhole?" asked King.
"Everything. Mugged in an alleyway, being hit by a brick in the face. That's how the universe works," Carrey answered.
The actor, who is dating actress Jenny McCarthy, says he overcame depression without medication.
"You know at the risk of opening up the whole Tom Cruise
Prozac argument ... I don't disagree in many ways," said the comic. "I think Prozac and things like that are very valuable to people for short periods of time. But I believe if you're on them for an extended period of time, you never get to the problem."
So what did
help Carrey get out of his funk?
"I take supplements," he said. "Yes – well, it's not – well, it is vitamins."
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