Here is it July - halfway through the year. For many people, the new year's resolutions that seemed like a great idea in January are now a distant memory.
When it comes to making changes, getting started is only one of the hurdles. For most people, the hardest part is the stretch in the middle. When the enthusiasm wears off and obstacles arise, it is all too easy to give up on our dreams. Has that ever happened to you?
Independence and self-reliance are two of the qualities that many of us in the United States value highly. Our culture and history are permeated with examples of rugged individuals who pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps and did it their way.
There is certainly a lot of power and satisfaction in learning to rely on oneself. At the same time, it is also valuable to learn how to use other resources wisely. Any seasoned executive will tell you that successful ventures depend not only on one's personal talents and habits, but also on the skillful management of one's team. The same is true in our personal lives.
These are words that marketers use readily to get our attention. They know that we humans are attracted to ideas, services, and products that make life feel less challenging. We all like the idea of an "Easy" button. Evolutionary biologists say that this preference is hard-wired into our species, and that it serves as a way of preserving energy so that we can focus on protecting ourselves and raising our children.
We humans are social creatures, and we place a lot of value on our relationships. In this day and age of social media, the number of people that we know and connections that we have gets a fair amount of attention. Quantity, of course, isn't everything — and it probably isn't even the most important thing!
Our relationships and social ties have a significant impact on our well-being, affecting both the quality and length of our lives. Research has found that people with high quality (and quantity) of social ties have - among other things - lower risks for cardiovascular disease, cancer, and poor immune function.
These days, we hear a lot about problems with our nation's health. As a country, we've got some challenges. Our health is getting worse, and our expenses are getting higher. Meanwhile, our current health care system is not doing a good job of turning this trend around. Consider this evidence:
More than 1 of every $6 in the U.S. economy is devoted to health care spending.Our national health spending is nearly double that of other industrialized countries.Despite our high spending, our risk for early death is 68% higher than in other industrialized countries.95 cents of every health care dollar in 2008 was spent on health problems after they had already occurred.
So, how does this affect you and why should you care? Here are four reasons why our national health crisis affects requires our personal attention:
I have been working on a problem. I found a really cool resource for health-seekers that are changing their eating habits. AND...it's not perfect. So, I've found myself feeling a bit stuck about what to do.
The gist of it is that an enterprising company has created a selection of very healthy meals that are just what some folks are looking for. They are organic, without additives, or preservatives, free of GMOs, free of common allergens, rich in phytonutrients, and a number of other things that can be important if you're trying to create a healthy metabolism. They are also very convenient - ordered online, shipped to your home, and priced comparably to what folks might pay if they were eating out at a convenience restaurant. What's not to like? It's a great solution for busy people who are learning new ways of cooking and eating -- and who could use some convenient, healthy back-up meals on hand.