Science confirms that eating well, sleeping well, and regular exercise has direct and positive impact on our emotional and physical wellbeing, which impacts our potential to live more happy, flourishing and prosperous personal and business lives.
So we know this… but why then is it so tough to make these choices?
The reality is that while small choices can make significant differences (again, stating the obvious), the bigger reality is it takes a combination of personal courage, personal discipline, and a paradoxical combination of ego plus altruism.
There are two books I want to recommend that you grab and read from cover to cover – they are not ‘self-help’… they are scientifically and academically researched and evidenced and most importantly, easy-to-read. In fact, they’re both compelling reads.
I will post a more complete book review on both and these will be available with all the other reviews in the Intentionomics Resource Centre… but for this post, I simply wanted to provide this little pattern interrupt that I hope will help you jump into Inescapable Truth #2 of the Intentionomics Blueprint of 9 Inescapable Truths for a Prosperous Life – Take Stock Of Your Truth!
The first book I recommend is Kelly McGonigal’s (Ph.D) The Willpower Instinct – How self-Control Works. Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of it. And the second is Eat Move Sleep – How Small Choices Lead To Big Changes by Tom Rath.
We live in an amazing country. Most of us are employed, and have enough money to buy the basics. Most of us have relatively easy access to nature (parks etc.,) and our climate is pretty inviting most of the time.
Most of us know that eating well, sleeping well, and exercising is good for us physically and emotionally… and yet, knowing this, many of us ignore it, or at the very least, ignore bits of it more often than we know is good for us.
Over 2,300 years ago or thereabouts, Aristotle was philosophically suggesting humans look to the ‘mean’ of a good life… in our common day language… everything in moderation. Still pretty good advice that science now validates in many ways.
Have a good look at yourself – physically and emotionally. You already know the choices that you’re making that are leading you toward living a more happy, flourishing and prosperous life, and those choices that are taking you off track.
Eating well does not require high budget investment… and exercising doesn’t require a gym membership. Both of these impact directly on our emotional state, which directly impacts how we interpret our experiences, which directly influences our brains function, which directly impacts what gets released into our blood streams, which directly influences our health, which directly influences our emotions, which directly influences our choices, which directly influence… well… you get the picture.
We are blessed to live in a country where we have choice… make good decisions, because they don’t just impact you, they impact how well you can contribute the best of you in every relationship you have as well (which by the way, science also validates the quality of our relationships directly impacts our potential to live more happy, flourishing and prosperous lives).