Can You Be Healthy on Purpose?

I really like the teachings of the late Earl Nightingale. Over the last 30 years of my life I have read and re-read his writings, listened and re-listened to his recordings, and viewed and re-viewed his videos. You might think after all this time I would know his teachings by heart. And I do. But that doesn’t mean that I have always applied them. When I have applied his principles they ALWAYS produce the result I am looking for. But when I attempt things in my own understanding and abilities, well, the results tend to be lacking.

Last night I was re-reading an excerpt from his book, This is Earl Nightingale, on how to stay healthy. Nightingale noted that people who have a real reason (a purpose) for getting out of bed in the morning tend to be happier and healthier than those that don’t. Most people, he noted, get up to go to a job.

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Earl Nightingale

For many people they do the work out of necessity rather than out of a sense of purpose. He stressed that living life with purpose will greatly increase your liklihood of continual good health. People who have purposeful relationships and careers/businesses are happier than those that don’t. If we are happy our body knows it. Our body was designed to produce “good feeling” and health chemicals called endorphins.

Nightingale quoted Soren Kierkegaard, the Danish philosopher, who said :

“… despair means not being oneself. Nothing can make a person sick sooner than feeling useless, unwanted, unchallenged, and unneeded, or feeling that the values other men pursue are empty and joyless for him. This is what happens to many men who retire from work at 65 and die soon thereafter.”

Well, I think this truth stands on its own merit. Our Designer has built within us the natural “feel good” chemicals that release when we feel good about our life and how we live it. If we look aroud we can verify that happy, purposeful people do indeed tend to be healthier. And finally, this truth is often repeated in the writings and musings of the best minds the world has ever produced.

This makes sense to me. I hope it does to you as well.

All the best,
Tony Guthrie

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