The P.A.

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President of St. Louis Community Credit Union

Want to be healthy and happy? Read further!

On April 23rd, 2012, posted in: Uncategorized by

According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the majority of Americans have some work to do in order to improve their quality of life.  Yes, the same folks who talk to us about the flu and the other maladies of our time are now suggesting that we work diligently to improve our “sense of well-being” as a means by which to live a healthier life.  Apparently, a merry heart does make for good medicine.

Don’t stop doing what you’re doing.  For God’s sake, please continue to go to the doctor, get all the appropriate tests, manage your diet and get some exercise.  Now the CDC wants us to also focus on what accounts for this elusive “sense of well-being.” I didn’t have a clue as to what steps were needed until I read a recent Wall Street Journal article.

To be really healthy and really happy, have a supportive relationship.  I’m in pretty good shape there.  I have a great wife and a best friend – only one of each.  Contentment, happiness and not sweating the little stuff also contribute to an approved sense of well-being.  I totally agree.  Minimize the anxiety, increase your optimism and hold your head high are three more essentials to achieving optimal health.  Being a little more extroverted also works in your favor.

If you’re old enough to remember first-run episodes of “Leave It to Beaver” but too young to remember “Tokyo Rose,” then chances are good that your sense of well-being is less than it should be.  Apparently, we baby-boomers are further away from where we need to be than both those older and younger than us.  Hmmm…maybe we are the liverwurst in the sandwich of life?

Income has very little to do with well-being.  Truly, money doesn’t determine happiness.  If you need proof, look at the Kardashian family.  I’m guessing, but the collective sense of well-being inside that dysfunctional bunch of elitists is not near as healthy as their checkbook balance, thus further proving the adage that money isn’t everything.

So, pump yourself up a little.  Make sure your glass is at the very least half full.  Remember, a smile is a frown turned upside down, and be happy in your own skin.  You are who you are, so get used to it and love it.  Wanting to be like somebody else is really a waste of time.  It’s much better to do what you can with what you’ve got.

A poor sense of well-being is of epidemic status according to the CDC.  And you thought “mad cow” disease was a big deal!

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