If you could invent a religion, what would it look like? You might ask yourself, Why would I want to do that? Well, that would be a good question. We're in the information age, there's been a scientific revolution, we've sent a space probe beyond the solar system and wonders not only never cease—they're heralded daily on TV, newspapers and the internet. Religions are myths and superstitions—haven't we got too many of such antediluvian systems of prejudice already?
US Surgeon Generals, psychiatrists and all
manner of sensible people are aware that vast numbers of American are
somewhat unhinged. One former Surgeon General, namely David Satcher,
released an exhaustive review of research on mental health in 2001 which
revealed that one in five Americans have mental disorders.
The sunset on December 30, 2015 in no way foreshadowed a dark and stormy night to inhabitants of St. Petersburg, Florida. A pity, for such might have sparked a premonition of perdition straight ahead as I set off on a short run before dinner around 5:30 p.m.
About ten minutes into the run I found myself dazed and disoriented on the side of the road. Several strangers asked if I was OK, did I need any help. I brushed them off in a few words to the effect of I appreciate the offer but no worries. I'm fine—just resting a bit.
Workplace wellness has been a feature of U.S. companies for several decades. Still, many observers question whether outcomes from these endeavors justify the costs, and urge an assessment before continuing such current funding levels into the future.
But where harmony is preserved by the proper exercise, even old age is beautiful.
To the well developed, to the strong, life seems rich, obstacles small, and successes easy. They laugh at cold and storm. Whatever the season may be, their hearts are filled with summer.
~Robert Green Ingersoll
At the 2015 Global Wellness Summit in Mexico City last month, economist Thierry Malleret delivered a keynote entitled, “Outlook for a World Where Wellness May Become Mandatory.”
While this commentary addresses two kinds of aging for those over age 50 (who will henceforth be called seniors), most of it applies as well to juniors and everyone else between obviously young and obviously old. Stages of life are real—everything about our bodies changes over time, but we have much more influence on how fast and what kinds of changes occur than most people realize.
Consider yourself a senior if any of the following apply to you: