Giving Meaning to Being Healthy... Or Something
Thursday, August 01, 2013
I've asked the question about what makes someone healthy before ( www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
). Today I read a great blog post on SparkPeople that resonated with me -- "Is Being Lean Really Worth It?" www.sparkpeople.com/blog
It touches on slightly different, though similar themes from my blog post.
Also related, I came across an article from the Atlantic about how people who have meaning in their life have healthier gene expressions -- the cellular level! -- than those who rate their lives as simply happy (but without deeper meaning). www.theatlantic.com/heal
Being healthy is meaningful to me, not having the hottest body in my office or at the gym. I especially appreciated the SparkPeople blogger who said that our genetics plays a role in how we look. I really don't love the look of my legs, but I can't seem to change them no matter how much I exercise!
My work gives my life meaning, definitely. Of all the ways to be healthy, I think my health suffers the most in the lack of close relationships, and I sometimes have reservations about my decision to not have children. Everyone says that gives the deepest meaning of all.
Does the goal of being healthy give you meaning? What goals do you strive toward?