Five Golden Principles for Health and Wellbeing


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by Jayaram V

Summary: Find here five golden principles to lead a healthy and balance life and achieve health, wealth and general wellbeing in the pursuit of materialistic and spiritual goals.

You can avoid neither problems nor suffering. Even if you want to live peacefully, your patience will be put to test and you will be constantly challenged by problems and circumstances. Life is such. Although we are endowed with willpower and intelligence, there are things that we can control and those that we cannot, even with the best of our intentions.

No one can escape from fate or the randomness of life because it is inbuilt in Nature. However, just as with defensive driving and proper driving skills you can safely drive through a busy thoroughfare and avoid hurting or harming yourself, with suitable defensive strategies, you can navigate through life to ensure your physical and mental wellbeing, avoiding the usual risks and common hazards that afflict the health and wellbeing of many people

1. Change your habits for good

Habits add structure to your life. They create routine and predictability to our daily lives and minimize the complexity involved in decision making and problem solving. They also define your personality and identity, apart from influencing your behavior and attitude. From the time you wake up until you fall asleep, you engage in many habitual actions and thought patterns. However, some habits are harmful, while some are extremely useful to your physical and mental health. Use your discretion to ascertain which habits are preventing you from achieving your health goals and which are helpful. A little change or a little adjustment here and there in your daily routine can have a profound impact upon your health and happiness. For example, doing exercise, avoiding unhealthy food, consumption of excessive alcohol, increasing your sleep time, etc., can make a lot of difference by boosting your energy levels and positive feelings. Even a simple habit such as washing hands before eating, can lead to improvements in your health.

2. Pay attention and cultivate deeper awareness

Your life and happiness are also largely determined by the things to which you give importance and pay attention. Paying attention means giving importance, showing love and respect, caring for someone or something, or expanding your interests and zone of influence. It is well known that the things to which you pay attention tend to stay with you or grow in importance and influence, while those which you ignore wither away and fall off. It is true, whether it is money, people, relationships, the things that you use. If you want good health, you must pay attention to your health issues and make health an important priority. You must pay attention to the changes and the happenings in your mind and body and act according to the signals you receive from them. You must mindfully pay attention to the physical stress and discomfort, energy levels, feelings, emotions and sensations that you experience to know how comfortable you are within yourself, and what you can do to protect your mind and body from possible threats to ensure your wellbeing.

3. Lead a balanced and holistic life

You cannot specialize only in one aspect of life and develop an understanding of it. You have to experience it in all its hues and colors and develop a comprehensive outlook on life so that you can see patterns, which many cannot. Some people live as if they are born to amass wealth and nothing else. Wealth and social status contribute to positive self-esteem and to health and happiness. There is certainly a direct connection between wealth and the quality of life one leads, which in turn has an impact upon general wellbeing. However, wealth and material comforts alone do not guarantee better health. One must lead a balanced and holistic life, in which there is a place for both the material and spiritual aspirations. If you solely focus upon materialistic goals, you may achieve success, but at a great cost to your mental and physical wellbeing. The same is true if you ignore your career or your financial condition in the pursuit of spiritual goals. You must lead a well-rounded life to feel complete about yourself and your accomplishments.

4. Be on the right side of things

Whatever you do and whatever your circumstances may be, the core of your being should never be touched by evil. We live in a hazy world where things often become complicated, forcing us to make important choices. In all such cases, it is important to remember your humanity and your moral obligations to others and yourself. Even if you do not believe in God, as the Buddhists do, you must believe in the virtue of right living and in the simple and age-old principle of being good and doing good. Your pursuit of success should not be at the cost of your basic morality. Those who resort to questionable means in the hope of achieving something cannot escape from the negative consequences of their actions. Your health, happiness and wellbeing are directly related to how you feel about yourself and your actions. They in turn depend upon your basic morality. The means matter as much as the ends. Therefore, in your eagerness to secure good things in life, make sure that you do not resort to unethical behavior or sacrifice your principles and values.

5. Lead a disciplined life

Discipline is not about when you go to bed, or when you wake up. Adequate sleep is important, and it is helpful if you obey your natural rhythm. By discipline we mean sticking to your plans, goals, decisions and intentions. It is having the focus, determination and perseverance to achieve whatever goals and plans that you set your mind upon. If you have decided to eat healthy food, or curb your cravings, you must stick to it. If you have decided to do regular exercise or avoid wasteful expenditure, you must make sure that you are not distracted in the middle by some other matters. Discipline makes a lot of difference to your lifestyle, success and happiness. Successful people understand the importance of discipline to their health, wealth and happiness. Your success in following the previous four suggestions also depends upon how disciplined and structured you are. Discipline demands certain sacrifices and causes some inconvenience, but it is the price one has to pay for wellbeing or for leading a healthy, wealthy, balanced, holistic, and morally good life.

Thus, five things are important to your health and wellbeing namely good habits, right awareness, balance, ethical living, and discipline. Focus upon these five principles and make them an important and integral part of your life to lead a balanced and disciplined life and experience peace and happiness.

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