Health is the most important factor of happiness
For, after all, the foundation of our whole nature, and, therefore, of our happiness, is our physique, and the most essential factor in happiness is health, and, next in importance after health, the ability to maintain ourselves in independence and freedom from care. There can be no competition or compensation between these essential factors on the one side, and honor, pomp, rank and reputation on the other, however much value we may set upon the latter. No one would hesitate to sacrifice the latter for the former, if it were necessary. We should add very much to our happiness by a timely recognition of the simple truth that every man’s chief and real existence is in his own skin, and not in other people’s opinions; and, consequently, that the actual conditions of our personal life,—health, temperament, capacity, income, wife, children, friends, home, are a hundred times more important for our happiness than what other people are pleased to think of us: otherwise we shall be miserable.
Undoubtedly true. Modern productivity culture tends to shame the idea of prioritizing basic self-care i.e. sleeping well, eating timely meals, taking time out to walk, stroll through nature etc. as self-indulgent. Never have I realized the essential vitality of health more than when I was admitted to an ER for emergency surgery. Lesson: it is NOT either/or. Achievement should not involve a mindset whereby excessive Spartan living and gross disregard for health become laudable. The 'tortured artist' is not a stage to aspire to. Discipline should be geared towards balance - both health AND whatever progress one is aiming for.
Happiness consists in frequent repetition of pleasure.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
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