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
____ Positive self-image and sense of self-worth
____ Internal and external cleanliness
____ 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.