“It Has Nothing to Do with Age” is a book about individuals who push themselves to physical extremes and who believe they have defied the aging process. If you are at least 30, 40, 50 years of age, join them in such sports as: theTevis Cup, the Dipsea, the Western States 100, the 100 mile ride and tie, the Hawaiian Ironman, the Molokai to Oahu Outrigger canoe race, and national and international rowing.
It Has Nothing To Do With Age provides self-help principles. The inspirational stories give concrete illustrations of overcoming many of life's challenges. Difficulties pertaining to depression, grief, divorce, and death are presented and worked through by the participants. Physical impairments, injuries, overcoming issues with weight, alcohol, and nicotine are also dealt with and resolved by the athletes.
This book provides a model on how to overcome some of the difficulties that confront all of us . Further, this read sheds a beacon of light on preventive measures for good physical and mental health. Research demonstrates that exercise is an important component in treating such ailments and debilitating illness such as depression, stroke, heart disease, brain or cognitive malfunction,and Alzheimer's disease.
I suggest that proper exercise can be used as a preventive measure for psychological, cognitive, and physical health as well. Follow my prescription and lead a better, more fulfilling, and healthier life.
Monday, April 7, 2014
The Pursuit of Happiness
"The be-all and end-all of
life should not be to get rich, but to enrich the world." – Bertie Charles Forbes
An article by Charles Murray titled “Rules for a Happy Life”
appeared in the March 29-30, 2014 edition of the Wall Street Journal. According
to Murray, Rule: 1. Consider Marrying Young. He talked about one advantage (a
start up) is that you have many memories of your life (going from the initial
insecurities to knowing you’re going to make it) and that you and your spouse
have made your way together. He also talked about merger marriages (being more
mature and less likely to outgrow each other). 2. Learn How to Recognize your Soul
mate relates to not allowing objectionable deal breakers i.e. (punctuality,
orderliness and thriftiness) to get in the way, since you’re not able to change
your mate anyway. He added that it is important and critical for you to really
like your spouse also. 3. Take Religion Seriously has to do with intellectually
and experientially reading about i.e. atheism,
agnosticism, Hinduism, Christianity, etc. Also, to associate with people who
are profoundly religious because they have learned to generally reconcile faith
and reason (they transcend intelligence and judgment). 4.Eventually Stop Fretting about Fame and Fortune
and come to grips with your station in life. He quotes David Geffen, the
billionaire “show me someone who thinks that money buys happiness and I’ll show
you someone who has never had a lot of money.” Murray went on to say that fame
and wealth do accomplish something: they cure ambition, anxiety, but that’s
all. 5. Watch Groundhog Day Repeatedly since that fable deals with the most
fundamental issues of virtue and happiness in that the protagonist Bill Murray
learns to experience deep, lasting and justified satisfaction with life even in
only one day to do it.
I really take exception to this article as Murray seems to
be missing the boat. Perhaps his book provides more enlightenment then this