true that we don’t know what we’ve been missing until it arrives.
While this anonymous quote may have been referring to “the one” in romantic
relationships, it can also apply to having good health in life.
We know that having good health is important, yet we procrastinate when it
comes to daily maintenance. The society in which we live glorifies instant
gratification and celebrates the big things, but minimizes the small things that
make life truly significant.
According to Stephen Covey’s time management matrix, maintaining good health
falls under “Priority 2: Important but not urgent.” Only when this concern jumps
to “Priority 1: Important and urgent,” will we consciously give it the attention
Many aspects of both internal and external health require nurturing and
effort. While attaining good physical health and positive relationship health
can feel like achievements for just the self, since we are dependent on one
another in the grand scheme of things, the positivity will widely propagate.
Most people know how to achieve good physical health: sufficient sleep,
healthy diet and appropriate exercise. Although this is easy to outline and say,
taking action can be challenging. Unless we endure major health scares,
maintaining appropriate health can take a backseat to handling the daily grind
Below are three simple things to do today to improve physical health:
1. Breathe deeply 10 times.
2. Drink a few sips of water every 15 minutes.
3. Have an uninterrupted night of sleep.
Less quick and easy, emotional health is difficult to measure, but its
effects are obviously visible. There are many theories and studies about
emotions, but we are still far from truly understanding them.
Basic emotions include love, anger, sadness and joy; however, why we are
feeling, how we are feeling and what we are feeling are often difficult to
articulate or even understand. We tend to absorb emotions from others, express
them when we deem it to be appropriate and suppress them as we grow older.
Toxic relationships are the most detrimental to emotional health. While
professional psychologists are able to juggle multiple emotionally unsound
patients simultaneously, going to lunch with a group of them might drive someone
It is not necessarily easy to distance yourself from toxic relationships,
though, especially if they include family members or colleagues. Even when we
think we can manage these negative relationships objectively, subconsciously,
they are likely to stress us out.
Below are three simple things to do today to improve emotional health:
1. Minimize interactions with toxic people.
2. Read or watch something that evokes positive feelings.
3. Carve out an extended period of “me time.”
The mind is known to be wider than the universe and have neurons longer than
earth’s circumference. It is the most difficult computer to understand. Napoleon
Hill found the secret to success in the 1930s, by which successful people still
He said, “What the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” All
man-made things we have today were once only figments of someone’s
Today, the line between right and wrong is grayer than ever before. An
overarching, confused moral compass is redirecting human motivation to satisfy
items that appeal to self-interest above what society deems to be right. It’s
confusing and can compromise one’s mental health.
Below are three simple things to do today to improve mental health:
1. Empty your mind for five minutes.
2. Take a walk in a scenic park.
3. Give thanks for five things.
Gary Smalley said: Life is relationships; the rest is just details.
The most important relationships we have are with other living beings. We are
born with nothing and we will die without anything; the only things we
accumulate during our lifetime on earth are the memories.
Below are three simple things to do today to improve relationship health:
1. Give someone a genuine compliment.
2. Appreciate a small gesture.
3. Say, “Thank you.”
A broken spirit or damaged soul is difficult to fix. Without passion and
zest for life, we are the walking dead, going through the rat race of life
because we must.
People, obstacles and setbacks can break our spirits bit by bit, and before
we realize, we lose parts of our souls to life’s realties.
Below are three simple things to do today to improve spiritual health:
1. Smile at your reflection.
2. Meditate in silence for 20 minutes and/or pray.
3. Do a kind deed for someone without the expectation of recognition or reciprocity.
Money is an important aspect of modern society. Good financial habits are not
complicated, but they require self-discipline. While it’s not possible to
solve everything with money, plenty is easier in the face of financial
efficiency and sufficiency.
When we no longer need to work to pay off past debts, we have more freedom,
time and energy to focus on things that matter.
Below are three simple things to do today to improve financial health:
1. Cut back spending on one “good-to-have” item.
2. Reorganize your money and cards in your wallet.
3. Read three finance articles online.
What is the point of exchanging health for a million bucks and then spending
multiple millions to buy it back? One of the simplest, most joyful things in
life is going to bed with a grateful smile, having an uninterrupted, peaceful
sleep and waking up happily energized.
As Augusten Burroughs said,
When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your
health, nothing else matters at all.