I lived in a dark fog for 13 years as a zombie with a permanent “hangover from hell.” I had constant dizziness, no energy, depression, low blood pressure and a very low quality of life. This continued relentlessly for 13 long years without relief.
But with only lifestyle changes, my brain woke up, I started to laugh again, and life was worth living. Here are my most important life lessons, in a nutshell…
1. Lifestyle causes health outcomes
What made me sick was lifestyle factors and what caused me to feel well again was lifestyle factors. There’s a whole spectrum between the two extreme states — ultimate health vs. ultimate sickness (i.e. death). If you’re not feeling good most of the time, if life seems a constant struggle, then you’re probably at the wrong end.
2. Pain is something you definitely want to avoid
Pain is coming your way if you don’t meet the minimum requirement for your body to maintain balance — also known as homeostasis.
3. Pain caused by poor lifestyle can show up in many different ways
We are all genetically unique in that if you gave exactly the same poor lifestyle to 100 different people, those people could get different symptoms of disease as their body stops working properly.
4. Your body’s resilience is a problem
Your body’s amazing resilience and ability to adapt to a massive range of external conditions is a big problem for you in the modern world. Simply put — we don’t pay for our mistakes straight away but we do pay in the end.
5. Medicine cannot always bail you out
A disease caused by poor lifestyle choices cannot be cured or solved by anything other than better lifestyle choices. Medicine can provide solutions (e.g. a new hip, a triple bypass, a gastric band) but most often these are the wrong solutions and do not get to the root cause of why the problem showed up.
6. Prevention is infinitely better than cure
Although this is totally true, very few people are smart enough to prevent pain without experiencing at least a little pain. And yet we can teach our children that if they put their hand in the fire, they will get burned. So, it’s possible that smart people will learn to avoid pain by prevention.
7. A good lifestyle can give you what you really want
What everybody wants is to feel good, to be happy. Everything you do is an aspect of wanting to feel good. A good lifestyle can give you what you want without having to pay money, without having to chase the next pleasure and without having to own the next “must have” possession.
8. Lifestyle is the result of habits
It’s the result of checking health boxes day-in-day-out.
And the beauty of habits is that they become automatic so in the end — once the change phase is over, it’s as easy to create health and happiness as it is to create sickness and depression.
These are the most important life lessons to learn because there aren’t any “things” that can make up for not having a feel good biochemistry.
I would love to know your most important life lessons, so please let me know in the comments. Thanks!
Michael Kinnaird is the author of Happy Guide, the result of a 20 year exploration into what works for health and happiness.
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