Friday, January 03, 2014
Asking if health really is an inside job seems silly, right? Well, maybe not. Twenty years ago when I started my medical career I am sure I would have answered, "No, it's not an inside job". The old Leona would have argued health comes from a multitude of factors including environment (things like smoking and stress) and genetics. Well I still think those things matter a lot but the new Leona certainly sees life inside-out. Now I see that happiness - true gleeful happiness - comes from inside and happiness = health.
The definition of health has fundamentally changed for me now. I define health as an overall state of well-being and contentment. I know people who are battling cancer but are healthy. Likewise, I know people who appear to have it all - a nice car, a beautiful home, a loving spouse - and they are miserable and unhealthy.
Health is a state of mind. It is awareness that we are okay in any given circumstance. It is recognizing we are in the center of our canoe. Sometimes life...