Most of us know about the major warning signs of pending health problems but I was delighted to find a list of warning signs of good health.
I have seen such lists before but often they are about physical measurements. I like this life affirming and positive check list for it measures the quality of our health beyond calorie counting and fat measurements.
This list is not pop psychology. Study after study have shown that these 12 signs of good health are correlated with well-being throughout a person’s life. Studies show, for example, that social support systems are essential for maintaining physical and psychological health.
Other studies have explored the relationship between gratitude and well-being.
Not surprisingly, learning new skills throughout life can help keep the mind sharp and delay or improve age-related brain functioning problems.
But 12 things? Oh my, that can sound like a lot to change, yes? I like the approach of Dr. Mike Dow, author of the Brain Fog Fix. He recommends start with one thing and then another and another.
THE 12 WARNING SIGNS OF GOOD HEALTH* plus the SUPER ONE MORE
(If several or more appear, you may rarely need to visit a doctor.)
1. Regular flare-ups of a supportive network of friends and family.
2. Chronic positive expectations.
3. Repeated episodes of gratitude and generosity.
4. Increased appetite for physical activity.
5. Marked tendency to identify and express feelings.
6. Compulsion to contribute to society.
7. Lingering sensitivity to the feelings of others.
8. A habit of seeking new challenges.
9. A craving to live life fully.
10. Tendency to adapt to changing conditions.
11. Feelings of spiritual involvement.
12. Persistent sense of humor.
THE SUPER DUPER ONE MORE
A habit of intentionally recognizing what is right in your life.
It is easy to dwell on the hardships and the things we don’t have or what is “wrong” in our lives. We might think that helps us plan and improve. Yet making a list every day of what is right in our lives is probably the best step to start the day on a path of improving well-being.
I wish you all well being and a few moments to make a list of what is right in your life today.
fondly from Oregon,
*List Adapted from a posting on a computer bulletin board in Waldport, Oregon, author unidentified. Reprinted in Whole Earth Review (Winter 1994), a compendium of brash thinking and lofty ideas.