The Mick Jagger’s of the world demonstrate a real truth of how the healthiest, happiest individual in the world…may not necessarily live the healthiest lifestyle….or do they? Studies of remote villages in Italy, where the population of peoples are: eating rich homestyle meals, drinking wine every day, napping in the afternoon and snacking on decadent cheeses, are living the longest and the HEALTHIEST. No heart disease, diabetes, cancer….
The answer: They are Happy.
It seems so simple, so obvious…so air fairy. The truth is the relationships you have in your life affect your heath. When working with clients, they often get confused as to why I broach the subject of relationships. Relationships and how supportive or destructive they are really contribute to your overall well being. To be healthy you need to be happy and here’s the proof The Harvard Happiness Study
The study reveals that in order to be healthy, one must examine the relationships you have in your life, as well as what you put into your body. The study further proves that optimal health and well being involves a holistic approach that looks at more than just dietary requirements.
The director of the study and professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical school, Robert Waldinger says its best:
“The surprising finding is that our relationships and how happy we are in our relationships has a powerful influence on our health,” said Robert Waldinger “Taking care of your body is important, but tending to your relationships is a form of self-care too. That, I think, is the revelation.”
In my Health Coaching practice, my clients look at their “Circle of Life” when beginning the journey into wellness, as all relationships in our lives impact our health. In order to create, cultivate, real sustainable change we have to look at the complete picture of our lives.
Where will your journey take you?