Do Health Matters?

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i.How much is your health worth? Is anything more important than well being? ii.Is it worth more than your money? Could you enjoy your money without your health? Maybe you’ve heard the saying that in the first part of our lives we use up our health getting money, and then in the second part we have spend all our money to get our health back iii.Most of us live how we want until our health interferes – then we want ASAP to escape the disease that came from our lifestyle so that we can hurry up and get back to the same way of life that made us sick. iv.Good living requires more than generally ignoring your health and occasionally running from disease. Good living has to include well being, an even higher standard of comfort, peace, and physical and mental capacity. v.You might easily agree that well being is important, but do you have have realistic goals for achieving more well being? Have you put these goals high on the daily priority list? b.I want to suggest three things to you - that you:

i.Face the facts about what wellness is, and your state of health ii.Create wellness goals
iii.Achieve them
c.Hopefully, we share some Common Values, Beliefs, and Wisdom: i.Self improvement is essential to a satisfying life
ii.Persistence and Discipline are keys to success in any endeavor iii.I’d like you to apply your interest in self improvement to your well being, and do it with discipline and persistence. 2.Preview

a.Tonight, I’m going to give you some insight on the difference between avoiding disease, and striving for well-being. b.I’m going to clarify for you what well being is, and what the benefits of striving for it are. c.I’m going to make it crystal clear why it’s common sense to live in a way that prevents disease. d.Finally I’ll give you examples of wellness goals, and then tell you how to increase your chances of achieving them. 3.Stories

a.First, let’s talk about a writer who had a life-changing experience. i.Norm Cousins was the editor of the Saturday review for 40 years, and wrote a dozen books and 100’s of essays. ii.In the ‘60s Cousins was stricken with a crippling and life-threatening disease. iii.Western medicine had no solution for him, so he devised his own healing regimen that consisted primarily of laughter. He watched endless episodes of Laurel and Hardy, and Abbot and Costello, and laughed his way back to health. He wrote a book about this experience called Anatomy of an Illness iv.He subsequently participated in a UCLA task force to examine the impact of positive emotions and attitudes on human illness, and out of that grew a mind-body research center named after him v.It took a life-threatening disease to turn Norman Cousins’s interests and priorities toward prevention and well being. vi.But one of the marks of wisdom is the ability to learn from other people’s mistakes without having to make them yourself vii.We can learn start putting well being first right now. We don’t have to wait for a life-threatening, or quality of life-changing disease. viii.Besides, if we did, there’s no guarantee that if we did wait, we’d be able to recover as Cousins did. Our very life may depend on getting it right the first time. ix.According to Chinese medicine’s oldest book, from 200 B.C., “The sages of old didn’t treat the sick they treated those who were well... If a disease has already broken out and is only treated then isn’t that like waiting for thirst before digging a well or waiting until the battle begins to make your weapons?” b.One objection to living preventively is this: Everyone wants to bring up the old farmer who ate 10 pounds of sausage and eggs, smoked 4 packs of cigarettes, and worked 10 hours in the fields EVERY DAY and finally died peacefully in his sleep at age 99 – Obviously, I’ve exaggerated some things- but these people with strong constitutions who can live however they want and still feel good are rare, and notice in the example, he did physical exertion 10 hours a day!...
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