“Live long and prosper” – Leonard Nimoy.
Some reports suggest that a young Leonard picked up this aphorism from a rabbi.
Two personal trainer thoughts:
- Leonard walked his walk of living well and prospering – to the age of 84.
- I can’t spread my fingers like Vulcans – hmmmm.
We trace “health” to a Germanic , then old English word for “WHOLE”.
The great 19th century entertainer (and Connecticut Yankee) Phineas Taylor Barnum was thinking WHOLE when he commented:
““The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.”
Here’s to best possible health (which the World Health Organization broadly defined in 1948 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
If you’re creative, you can tap Doctor Google’s listed synonyms for “health” –
|well-being, healthiness, fitness, good condition, good shape, fine fettle
Here’s to wholesomeness.
Herman Wouk wrote some pretty fine fiction and won a Pulitzer Prize.
After he celebrated his 100th birthday, his good words (from a WSJ article by Marc Myers) about life are worth a scan!
“when you reach my age, you don’t yearn for friends who are no longer here… I do have the same excitement each morning when I see the sun. That sense of enjoying being alive is still very real. When you reach 100, you’re glad you’re alive. Very glad.”
Atlantic and NPR also cited his longevity and good words:
http://www.npr.org/2016/01/14/462923148/herman-wouk-says-hes-a-happy-gent-at-100 and http://www.npr.org/player/embed/462923148/463084466
Thanks to the WSJ for reminders of what poor sleeping habits can mean to our wellness:
FIVE THINGS LACK OF SLEEP DOES TO YOUR BODY
Researchers say insufficient sleep is associated with negative behaviors and physical consequences including:
- an increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
- weakened immunity and an increased tendency to get sick
- impaired cognitive function including memory, alertness and decision-making
- increased impulsiveness, risk-taking and addictive behavior
- eating more and eating more unhealthy foods
What a great wintry reminder that regular (daily?) kindness is a good affirmation to keep alive.
And, with a subtle reminder to pay it forward on Valentine’s Day:
please appreciate someone whom may be unappreciated.