This group is focused on acheiving REAL wellness. The modifier REAL is intended to convey a deliberate mindset or philosophy inspired by reason, exuberance and liberty. The purpose of wellness is to achieve, maintain and fine-tune a high quality of life. That is not a complicated notion, but it sets REAL wellness apart from wellness vitamins, wellness chiropractic, wellness veterinary services and all corporate risk reduction and medical management wellness. None of the examples just provided have the REAL elements characterized by reason, exuberance and liberty in service of a better quality of life.
The key areas of REAL wellness are global awareness/environmental sensitivity (a green consciousness), the quest for added meaning and purpose, ethical awareness and fine-tuning, understanding the dynamics of happiness (and experiencing more of it) and thinking critically using reason, skepticism and doubt. Of course, much more is involved, such as the foundation lifestyle areas of focus (exercise and fitness, management of stress and sound dietary habits, among other positive skill areas).
Tips in working towards acheiving REAL wellness:
- Talk about your wellness ideas every chance you get and ask your co-workers and friends to talk about theirs.
- Keep a proper perspective on the "big picture." Try not to lose sight of the fact that neither you nor the Earth you inhabit is the center of the universe and that, next century at this time, you will be dead.
- Resist boredom as vigorously as you would oppose exposing yourself to plagues, venomous snakes and tobacco smoke.
- Find someone to love and don't linger around vexatious persons.
- Take a few chances, risks and opportunities to stretch your horizons.
- Be grateful, honest and friendly, tell the truth, make friends and be loyal to them, seek challenging and fulfilling work, exercise daily, eat wholesome food, take responsibility, set worthy goals, play a lot, be kind to animals and children, have adventures, laugh as much as possible and look for joy at every opportunity.