The Fundamental Elements of Health


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What do we need to be happy? What are the fundamentals of health, vitality, energy, sanity, happiness? What do we need to fulfill our human potential?

I have searched the answer to this for my own sake and for the sake of being an excellent therapist. Never in a million years would I have imagined to find the answers in a diet book (that is not really a diet book). In The 80/10/10 Diet, Dr. Douglas Graham presents the fundamental elements of health. This is the most comprehensive list to date. Rate yourself from zero to ten on each of the following areas:

____ 1. Clean, fresh air

____ 2. Pure Water

____ 3. Foods for which we are biologically designed (whole, fresh, ripe, organic raw fruits and vegetables)

____ 4. Sufficient sleep

____ 5. Rest and Relaxation

____ 6. Vigorous activity

____ 7. Emotional poise and stability

____ 8. Sunshine and natural light

____ 9. Comfortable temperature

____ 10. Peace, harmony, serenity and tranquility

____ 11. Human touch

____ 12. Thought, cognition and meditation

____ 13. Friendship and companionship

____ 14. Gregariousness (social relationships, community)

____ 15. Love and appreciation

____ 16. Play and recreation

____ 17. Pleasant environment

____ 18. Amusement and entertainment

____ 19. Sense of humor

____ 20. Security of life and it’s means

____ 21. Inspiration, motivation, purpose and commitment

____ 22. Creative, useful work

____ 23. Self-control and self-mastery

____ 24. Individual sovereignty

____ 25. Expression of reproductive instincts

____ 26. Satisfaction of the aesthetic taste

____ 27. Self-confidence

____ 28. Positive self-image and sense of self-worth

____ 29. Internal and external cleanliness

____ 30. Smiles

____ 31. Music and all other arts

____ 32. Biophilia (love of nature)

 

How did you rate? What’s missing in your life and what are you grateful for? What would you add to the this list?

 

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