Let’s take a welcome break from economic doom-and-gloom to consider the real benefits of wellness—beyond the numbers. Beyond blood pressure and cholesterol, waist measurements and body fat percentages. In a recent article for Newsweek, Dr. Dean Ornish explains how simple lifestyle changes can dramatically improve our outlook on life. “When people eat more healthfully,” he writes, “exercise, quit smoking, manage stress better, and love more, they find that they feel so much better, so quickly, it reframes the reason for making these changes from fear of dying (too scary) or risk-factor mediation (too boring) to joy of living.”
“Joy of living” may sound like a well-worn cliché, but it has real practical applications in the corporate world. Although chronic stress (so common at work) speeds up the aging process and causes depression, Dr. Ornish explains that making a few simple changes can actually reverse the damage. “If a new drug were shown to do this, it would be worth a billion dollars, but you can accomplish this benefit virtually for free [. . .] simply by changing your lifestyle.”
Wise words in my book!