Book: Aging Beyond Belief by Don ArdellIf you plan to age, prepare yourself — it's later than you think. The challenge of aging well should be taken seriously, but not grimly! Whatever your age, it's never too soon, or too late, to learn and apply the fine art of aging well, really well. Discover what aspects of aging can't be changed and improve the rest that can. Mold your own realities with REAL wellness, Ardell-style.
The 69 tips — one for each year of the author's life — are thought-provoking, challenging, eye-opening, manageable and fun to read. And all provide practical guidance for intelligently designing your own life-style evolution.
Wellness in the Headlines
(Don's Report to the World)
The fact that you are not sick does not mean you are well. You may have no diseases, no measurable risks detectible by modern medicine and be quite capable of doing what has to be done—and not be healthy in any remote sense of REAL wellness. Let’s review a few basics that have consequences for your chances to die healthy.
Have you ever thought of personality characteristics as health factors?
When health is viewed only through a medical lens, they are not health factors. But, that is a clouded, outmoded and dysfunctional model from a Die Healthy perspective. Lose the medical lens. Let’s think of a few factors very much affect your chances to die healthy—and thus live well.
Warning—don’t bother bringing these factors up for discussion during your next doctor visit. Medical school has not prepared your doctor to diagnose, prescribe or treat any of these variables. Just the same, they are matters of consequence to your well-being. The fact is you are more likely to die healthy if you are:
There are many more but getting a grip on these personality prerequisites for dying healthy is a good start.
Another element of a good start are lifestyle practices. Some support a happy, healthy and harmonious life right up to that terminal moment when “the curtain rises on another, final thought.” Others are disastrous and almost guarantee a Hobbesian existence that is more likely to be “nasty, brutish and short” and a death that is anything but healthy.
Here are a few daily practices that belong in the first category:
Calvin of "Calvin and Hobbes" fame was an interesting character. Bill Watterson's retired cartoon strip little boy exhibited an amusingly self-indulgent zaniness and modeled “dying unhealthy” behavior, the better to amuse while inspiring us to act otherwise. (At least that’s how some like to interpret the character.) Consider this: In vouching for his character in a letter to Santa Claus, his imaginary pal Hobbes wrote, "...the kid tries to be sort of good if he's not tempted otherwise.")
Well, these are just a few prerequisite tips to consider if you plan to die healthy, as late in life as possible.
All good wishes.
Coming soon: The advanced program for anyone interested in dying healthy!
(Ed. Note: Views expressed in this and other columns are those of the author and not necessarily those of the SeekWellness Editorial Board.)
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