The Fundamental Elements of Health

The fundamentals of health, vitality, energy, sanity, happiness.

What do we need to be happy and healthy? What do we need to fulfill our human potential?

I never would have imagined to find the answers in a book about nutrition. The 80/10/10 Diet presents the fundamental elements of health. This is the most comprehensive list I have seen.

Rate yourself from zero to ten on each of the following areas:

____ Clean, fresh air

____ Pure Water

____ Healthy food (whole, fresh, ripe, organic raw fruits and vegetables)

____ Sufficient sleep

____ Rest and Relaxation

____ Vigorous activity

____ Emotional poise and stability

____ Sunshine and natural light

____ Comfortable temperature

____ Peace, harmony, serenity and tranquility

____ Human touch

____ Thought, cognition and meditation

____ Friendship and companionship

____ Gregariousness (social relationships, community)

____ Love and appreciation

____ Play and recreation

____ Pleasant environment

____ Amusement and entertainment

____ Sense of humor

____ Security of life and it’s means

____ Inspiration, motivation, purpose and commitment

____ Creative, useful work

____ Self-control and self-mastery

____ Individual sovereignty

____ Expression of reproductive instincts

____ Satisfaction of the aesthetic taste

____ Self-confidence

____ Positive self-image and sense of self-worth

____ Internal and external cleanliness

____ Smiles

____ Music and all other arts

____ Biophilia (love of nature)

How did you rate?

For me, a positive self-image is very important but not something I always rate high at. Not beating myself up if I make a mistake is good in theory but harder in practice. Humor helps and the ability to not take myself so seriously. Exercise and sleep are at the top of my list. I feel sharper and more energetic when I get ample amount of both.

Being out in nature has a way of rejuvenating our senses and perspective on what what matters and connecting with others through music or art nourishes the soul. When we do meaningful work, have purpose and value and can provide for our families and the future we feel fulfilled and happy.


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