A focus on health and happiness
HEALTH AND Happiness; isn’t this something we all strive for? I know I do. For the next several posts I am going to let you know how I am trying to achieve Health and Happiness. Life experiences and some key books, including The 8th Habit by Stephen Covey, have shaped my perspective.
Let’s start with Health. There are 4 dimensions that make us who we are. There is our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual self. When I talk to my friends, colleagues, and family about this, I like to use the reference of Body (to live- survival), Mind (to learn- growth and development), Heart (to love- relationships), and Soul (to leave a legacy- meaning and contribution).
Investing in your whole-person development will give you the best chance at living a healthy, full, and long life. No guarantees of course, but it will certainly improve your chances. Another practical and highly recommended book is Anti-Cancer by David Servan-Schreiber. The premise is that adopting a healthy lifestyle (related to all 4 dimensions) will strengthen your immune system and help prevent disease. You will also generally feel better and have more energy 🙂
Happiness. Even though most of us, in one way or another, seek fame and fortune, they are not the answer… well, at least not for the long-term. They can be useful tools, but do not equal happiness. It really comes down to having purpose (meaning) and making a contribution (value) in your life.
I also believe that Health (Body, Mind, Heart, and Soul) and Happiness (living with a purpose and making a contribution) are synergistic.