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Prescription For Healthy Living

Jonathan B. Wight

This post is for those of us who need to be reminded to bring balance into our lives.  (Yes, this concern does sound like virtue ethics.)

Dr. Randy Linde (an endocrinologist) helped save my life when I was in my 20s.  He has been an inspiration since then.  What are the key lessons on life balance he’s learned after a career of patient care?  A prescription (Rx) is simply a recipe; in virtue ethics terms it is a habit.  Randy offers these prescriptions, “all tried and true”:

1.  Treasure your best friend.

2.  Find something to make you smile each day.

3.  Get plenty of sleep.

4.  Mainly eat organic vegetables.

5.  Get some exercise each day.

6.  Don't take yourself too seriously.

And I would add:

7.  Maintain a vibrant capacity for wonder.

8.  Delight in daily meditations.

Readers: what would you add or subtract?


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"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

We learned this "Golden Rule" as children. Sadly, we have war and no peace in the world because people still refuse to act this way.

It doesn't matter who started it or who is right. Middle East anyone? Bibi? Hamas?

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