What It Truly Means To Be Healthy
What does it mean to be healthy? Is it the number on the scales, your blood pressure score, jeans size, a body free of disease, or something else?
Health can be a touchy subject. We debate over what it should look like (Tv Ads and models). what clothes size is healthy. We judge all who don’t fit into OUR ideal. We forgot to factor in the most important ingredient. What does it feel like to be healthy? What does that look like?
Living healthy involves a mix of physical, mental, and emotional components that make us who we are. We literally create our bodies from the inside out with what we put in, what we think, and what we do. Regardless of what we think picture-pefect health looks like, there is one thing we all have in common when it comes to health: Everyone wants to feel better.
Our health begins in our insides and doesn’t stop at our skin. Our health (healthy or not) radiates beyond our skin into the world in the form of our actions.
For example, people with strong social ties were found to be healthier and have a lower risk of death. Additionally, it was found that as age increases,the people with stronger social ties tend to live longer. And it seems that friendships can even help you fight diseases.
The benefits of deep relationships extend to marriage as well. Being in a long-term relationship decreases the risk of depression, suicide, and addictions. And one study of almost 6,000 people found that marriage led to increased longevity while never marrying was the strongest predictor of premature death.
Finally, multiple studies show that strong family ties are one of the primary reasons the people of Okinawa, Japan have incredible longevity despite being one of the poorest regions in the country.
What do all of these different studies tell us?
Connection and belonging are essential for a healthy and happy life. Whether it’s friendship, marriage, family, belonging to a community where you share your beliefs – whatever they may be — humans need close connections to be healthy.
When we shift our thoughts, fears, worries, and insecurities about health from the exterior (how we look) to the interior (how we feel) we set ourselves up for the ultimate success in health and happiness. How about this for an approach to health: Eat clean and healthy, manage stress, talk to your friends-partners -family and get regular physical activity. Seems pretty straightforward, right?