What does enjoying craft beers with friends, difficult Sudoku puzzles, and piles of cash have in common? No, I am not describing your (or my) typical Friday night adventures.
Believe it or not, all of these are elements of your health. How? Beer certainly isn't beneficial to your health (they don’t call it a beer belly for nothing).
The recent obesity epidemic has brought greater attention to our health and general well being. Subsequently, the Health Care Industry has grown to become a $1.7 TRILLION giant. To put this into a little perspective, if the Health Care Industry were a country, its GDP would rank 12th globally, beating Australia, Spain, and South Korea!
But while the health care industry is ENORMOUS and we are spending more and more on healthcare, obesity rates continue to paradoxically rise. As a species we are biologically wired to prefer a long, prosperous life to pass on our genetics and ensure the success of the greater species. And we have been pretty damn successful at that. Life expectancy have risen steadily since the 1970s. Although life expectancy has risen over the past 20 years, general U.S. happiness has decreased over the same period according to Professors David Blanchflower and Andrew Oswald of Dartmouth College and Warwick University respectively.
With rising standards of living, lowered crime rates, and increasing opportunities for achievement, how could our general happiness levels decrease? It becomes apparent that we are doing something wrong. The health care system currently in place is trying to cure starvation by hydration, not accomplishing much.
As the world becomes a more complex system, our understanding of topics must become more in-depth and thorough to match increasing complexity. We must begin at the bottom of the pyramid and restructure our definition of health. What is health?
The word “health” usually triggers an image of a tired soul endlessly jogging on a treadmill, eating tediously measured and rationed-out glucks of “food” or panic for an impending trip to the doctors office after a holiday season blessed with enough food to feed a small army. But, if we are to survive in the 21st century, then we must mature current definition of health into the 21st century. No more should we imagine health as a state, but rather as a goal.
Having. Every. Action. Lead. To. Happiness. Let’s redefine health as a thoughtful journey to success measured and managed across holistic metrics, more than simply the physical. You are a composite of your Mental Health, Spiritual Health, Emotional Health, Financial Health, Social Health, Academic Health, Professional Health, and all other measurable aspects of your life.
By trying to improve our H.E.A.L.T.H., all aspects of our life will improve. We will become more mentally refined, spiritually connected, and financially secure (Don’t worry, you’ll also get a chance to lose that beer belly!). Focusing on specific components of your general health and improving their status through introspection, goal-getting, and dedication will provide for a simple process of achieving greatness in all aspects of your life. Pay very close attention to the specific words I just used.
- Focusing: Do NOT get distracted by outside influences! Notice that all of these categories are meant to lead you towards current and future happiness
- Introspection: You must first look inward to find peace outward. Deciphering what you truly want from each aspect of life is the first step towards laying the plan for its achievement
- Goal-Getting: Become a Goal-Getter, not only a Goal-Setter
- Dedication: Motivation is a phase. We are occasionally motivated to accomplish a goal. But dedication isn’t an occasional; it’s a complete lifestyle change.
- Simple: It is very Simple, but NOT easy. Every successful person followed a simple process of repetition to achieve greatness. But its simplicity in process is in no case easy! You have to GRIND!
- Process: Taking care of your H.E.A.L.T.H. is a continuous process, NOT a one-time fix.
Much like anything else, if you wish to be good, and more importantly stay good, you must continually practice. So its time for us to stop the use of archaic terminology and to stop investing ourselves in a flawed system.
I have to ask you is, “How is your H.E.A.L.T.H.?”
Having Every Action Lead to Happiness