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The Key to a Good and Healthy Life

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Many factors determine our quality of life; unfortunately, the one that matters most is beyond our control.

Introduction

I'm often asked how it happened that I came to be in a position, long long ago (1975) when the earth was still cooling and our species was new to the idea of walking upright, of writing High Level Wellness: An Alternative to Doctors, Drugs and Disease; which led to a career in wellness promotion. Well, it’s a long and convoluted story. However, I can easily identify the most important factor with three words: random good fortune.

Work is a Health Hazard: What to Look for When Seeking Employment

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The work you do has a great impact on your health and the quality of your life. What to look for when seeking a job?

The Evolution of a Wellness Pioneer Away from Wellness: Part Two

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I have been thinking, writing and pontificating about wellness for 45 years - why have I turned against it?


Introduction: The Problem with Plain Vanilla Wellness

The Evolution of a Wellness Promoter from One Kind of Wellness to Another

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I have decided to give up on wellness - I have found something better. Let me tell you about it.

Introduction

Over the years, in lectures near and far, I have diplomatically observed that a wellness lifestyle, while a sensible and healthful practice, does not in itself make one more virtuous, wiser or better than those not so engaged.

But, I've changed my mind. Now I think those who follow wellness are probably more virtuous, wiser and better than the unwashed, less engaged masses.

When and why did I change my tune?

The Evolution of a Wellness Promoter from One Kind of Wellness to Another

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I have decided to give up on wellness - I have found something better. Let me tell you about it.

Introduction

Over the years, in lectures near and far, I have diplomatically observed that a wellness lifestyle, while a sensible and healthful practice, does not in itself make one more virtuous, wiser or better than those not so engaged.

But, I've changed my mind. Now I think those who follow wellness are probably more virtuous, wiser and better than the unwashed, less engaged masses.

When and why did I change my tune?

Too Many Signs and Symptoms of Disease, Too Few Signs and Symptoms of REAL Wellness

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Medical information is a good thing but there are two problems: there's too much about disease and too little about wellness.

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The website WebMD recently (May 12, 2014) published an article about the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) seven warning signs of cancer. The article also listed the ACS’s symptoms of cancer. If signs were not enough, they had to promote awareness of
symptoms, as well? By the time I finished the piece, I was resigned to the inevitability of radiation, chemo, surgery and an early death. (I’m only 76.)

Consider Giving the Invocation at a City/Town Council Meeting, Especially If You Are Secular

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You don't have to be a minister or even superstitious to give a town hall invocation, in fact, better than you not be such.

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There are many days that will live in infamy (FDR) alongside December 7, 1941. Just two obvious examples are November 22, 1963 and September 11, 2001. Most people could identify several days in history for inclusion in the infamy files if asked by pollsters for nominations, depending upon their politics, loyalties and passions. If asked, I would list May 5, 2014 as a date certain to live in infamy.

Reparations: A Position REAL Wellness Pioneer Robert Green Ingersoo Might Recommend If He Were Living in Our Time

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Polls show only 14 percent of Americans support payments to slaves' descendants. There's an alternative.

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In a first season episode of the hit TV series “The West Wing,” there was an exchange between a black nominee for appointment to the post of assistant attorney general (played by Carl Lumbly) and a top staff aide to the president. The appointee explained to the aide why he favors this controversial view, noting his agreement with those who claim the government owes black people a trillion dollars in slavery reparations.

How to be an Orator: Tips from "The Great Agnostic"

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Can oratory be taught? Can anyone become an orator? Is oratory the same as public speaking?


It was just the supreme combination of English words that was ever put together since the world began . . . Lord, what an organ is human speech when played by a master.

Mark Twain (Source: Letters of Mark Twain, 1876-1885, Volume III, Albert Bigelow Paine.)

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When You Know What It Means to be a Great Orator, You Are More Likely to Appreciate One If You Ever Encounter Such a Master

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Ever wonder how one becomes a great orator? Probably not, but consider some ideas along those lines. It might be instructive.

In a few days, I will be in Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the American Humanist Association to recite "Improved Man" and other eloquent speeches once delivered by one of America's greatest orators, namely, Robert Green Ingersoll. You can learn more about this event at the AHA website.



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