Good health year after year? Many people would doubt that possibility. Much of the news here in Indiana, as in most parts of the nation, is filled with reports of disease and the expectation that the “flu season” will be followed by the “allergy season” and so forth. Can we really expect good health? How do we stay healthy and prevent disease? My colleague, Wendy Margolese, writing for the March 29, 2015 edition of The Brampton Guardian, has some encouraging news: you can raise your health expectations to a whole new level. Here’s Wendy:
In 1943, American psychologist Abraham Maslow predicted that when the basic requirements of life – eating, drinking and sleeping – became secure, people’s focus would shift to the luxury of ‘worry’.
And while worry has always been part of the human condition, Psychology Today has noted that anxiety is ‘one of our modern plagues’.
What are we so anxious about?
Well, lots of things. But it seems for so many people it’s their health. Yet, according to the World Health Organization, those who live in relatively affluent countries can expect to live 80 years or more, with most years spent in good health. So why are North Americans in particular so anxious about health?
The global network – the internet and our smartphones – has us connected 24/7 to the opinions and worries of millions of people – from Ebola to obesity – and we are fed a constant diet of changing fads and fears.