Our subjective perception about the quality of our lives is largely determined by our health, as external factors (like success, money, or accomplishments) don’t result in a prolonged sense of well being (aka. hedonistic treadmill). In fact, I’d argue that external success without true fulfillment is the ultimate failure. Ultimately, we get to define what it means to be successful anyways. To me, the art of fulfillment involves cultivating the power to understand, appreciate, and find joy in the process of whatever life brings.
Let me ask you, even if you somehow managed to accomplish all of your external goals, make all the money in the world, go on the coolest adventures, and surround yourself with the most attractive and interesting people, would it be worth it if your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health suffered irreparable damage for it? Those experiences should augment, and not detract from, your overall health.
Fortunately, we’re alive at a time when men now have the bandwidth, knowledge, and technological resources to focus increasingly on their overall health. Our ancestors sacrificed a lot to provide us with this opportunity. The least we can do is show our gratitude by taking advantage of it. So without further ado, let’s explore how to optimize the spiritual, physical, mental, and emotional health in our lives.