Health is Wealth: Stiches to Riches – Life Advice for a Happier, Healthier You

To be healthy, to feel well and have sufficient energy to enjoy your time and life while getting older without larger disruptions, this is true wealth! Getting older and staying healthy is more than simply “being free of diseases”.

Good health is wealth.

It’s quality of life.

Trust me, I’ve learned a lot about health during the past few months.

In this post, I’d like to share with you how my mindset has changed to a new, hopefully healthier, happier, version!

Be Grateful

When looking at my life, one could argue “it’s half over by now”. I agree “Life – Part I” was good, I’m highly satisfied. If it’d be a movie I’d be okay if the movie ended here. However, while lying on the hospital bed getting surgery performed on me in early 2021, I gained a different perspective.

Before the anesthetist got started, he told me to think of something beautiful as I’d be dreaming about this while they work on me. As soon as they injected the anesthetic into my tube, I passed out and had no idea what happened next.

Black. Zip. Over.

No dream.

I’m not someone anxious or panicking about stuff like that. This is life. In the end, all that mattered would be: How do YOU measure your life?

What have you done with your life?

What did you go after?

Any regrets?

You can probably imagine how super pleased I was to wake up from the anesthesia.

It felt like I was reborn, somehow just like I had a good night’s sleep.  The surgery was done and successful.

Been there, done that.

Hell yeah, I’m alive! What a feeling. Money can’t buy this feeling of gratefulness.

Health is truly wealth: Stiches to new riches!

Gotta pull myself back up here!

Instead of getting nervous about time passing by, try to focus on what you can do today. Figure out what you can influence and control. While we all don’t know how much time we have left to live, there are certain things we know for a fact:

Today is the most experienced you’ve ever been and the youngest you’ll ever be.

…and there are far more projects I’d love to keep myself busy and engaged with going forward!

You should never let yourself fall into complacency with anything in your life. After all this, I’m now super curious for “Life – Part II”.

The sequel.

Find Your Purpose

They say the two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why!

If you figure out how to focus on what truly matters to you, you will live a happy life.

A life without any regrets.

Try to find your ikigai, you’ll live a fuller, happier life and still can earn decent income. Passion income. Income from activities that don’t feel like work. 

I’ve found my ikigai and I feel blessed, really.

There’s a lot of uncertainty in life… but unlike the other uncertainties that can be scary or you just don’t know what to do about them, this one is an opportunity for growth and discovery! You have no idea how much time you have left on Earth. So get busy living life your way.

No regrets.

Do What Makes You Happy

Happiness equals expectations minus reality.

This doesn’t mean you should lower your expectations to the floor. You should do what makes you happy. Another perspective to look at this is to design a happier life by eliminating increasingly more unhappy components from it.

Sometimes less is more.

Further, don’t let society, your friends or even your family pressure you into doing something that doesn’t make you feel good about yourself. Manage their expectation as well! Stop draining yourself and start doing what inspires, fuels and energizes you.

You will become a better, happier and healthier family member, worker and contributor to society.

For sure.

Younger Next Year

There’s a great book called “Younger Next Year” which I highly recommend you to read, the book covers  topics of aging, diet and exercise.

The author has some really inspiring things to say about health in general. Instead of letting your health depreciate faster, you may follow strategies to extend your youth. They’re not that complicated and they can make a huge difference in your quality of life!

While you can’t get actually younger, you can most likely turn back your biological clock and put off up to 70% of normal aging problems such as weakness, sore joints, bad balance and even eliminate 50% of serious illness and injury just by following a simple program: Younger next year!

Instead of progressively losing out on health, try to push back your biological clock as much as you can!

The key is to exercise six days a week, don’t eat crap, connect and commit to others, take time for yourself, meditate [have you ever tried “jacuzzi beerstorming”?] and build daily routines that work. Stop stressing about the little things. These seven methods are scientifically proven from cell physiology, evolutionary biology, anthropology and experimental psychology points of view!

They work.

Both, adult men and women, can become functionally younger every year for the next five to ten years, then continue to live with newfound vitality and pleasure deep into our 80s and beyond.

While you’re the oldest you’ve ever been right now, you’re also the youngest you’ll ever be in this very moment. We age moment by moment. Take care of your body and fitness, your mental health and focus on what you eat now. Take care of your health now.

This is simple, but not easy.

Think of this like investing: The earlier you start and the more committed you become towards your health, the longer and happier you’ll live and the less regrets you’ll experience in your older age.

There’s no health without wealth.

Live younger next year!

Take Your Time, Be Patient

Anything good needs time, so don’t be in a rush.

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Don’t be too hard on yourself when you’re not seeing the results you want right away. Take your time, be patient and keep at it – you’ll get there eventually!

Here some of my tips for my younger self if you’re interested to read more:

Focus on what you can control or improve today, focus on what lights your fire and keep going.

If you are doing your best work, every day, then you will succeed because of your commitment to growth and learning. You may have the best strategy and ideas for success, but if you do not take action every single day, no matter what, you will not succeed.

Focus on what you can influence, focus on improving, take your time, be patient and keep going.

You will succeed because of your own personal dedication.

Be patient and take your time.

If something doesn’t come easy to you, chances are others might not achieve this very thing easily as well. The harder stuff gets, the less competition you will face.

This approach might just take a little more patience than usual.

Don’t drain yourself completely…

You are your only competition!

Imagineer Your Life

The days I layed in the hospital something clicked and I realized that it’s never too late to live life to the fullest.

“Life is like a box of chocolates,” Forrest Gump says in his famous quote, “you never know what you’re gonna get.” So don’t waste any time waiting around for things to happen: make them happen instead!

I believe that we all have something special inside of us waiting to come out. If you don’t know how to do this yet then try to find someone who does – learn from them! Whether they give advice about life, money or self-improvement, they’re worth talking to.

You might be surprised how much fun life can be if you start terraforming your surroundings. Living your best version of life will increase your happiness, improve your health and most likely prolong your youth and life.

Just seize the moment and go out there.

What are you waiting for?

Get shit done.

Conclusion

Health is wealth, my short stay in a hospital were my “stiches to new riches”.

I will try my very best to turn my biological clock back. Each new day you live as a healthy person feels like an amazing opportunity to learn, grow and discover new things that are waiting right around the corner!

Do YOU have any experiences or thoughts on this topic that might be worth sharing!?

Let me know by leaving your comment below.

What do you think?

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Stay the course!

Matt

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2 thoughts on “Health is Wealth: Stiches to Riches – Life Advice for a Happier, Healthier You”

  1. I’m all for fitness as a runner, tennis player, hiker and more. But I do think it’s an illusion that you have any real control over your long term health. One of my friends ate better and exercised mentally and physically with more gusto and diligence than anyone I’ve ever known. Alzheimer’s took him in his 70’s. In other similar cases I lost fit, healthy friends to cancer or heart disease. You can improve your odds but your DNA has likely already decided your expiration date. My wife just ran a full marathon at the age of 66. We both spent the week hiking tough parts of the Appalachian trail with our crazy fit, grown kids. But is that going to add a day to our lives? I doubt it, but it does make the days we have more fun.

    1. Dear Steve, thanks for your insightful comment. Despite giving us an – eventual – false sense of control, it’s one thing we can do in order to keep our quality of life higher. I’ve also met people in my life that defied the odds big time. My great-grand-aunt turned 100 years old smoking and drinking “eau de vie” (water of life – a fancyful word for liquor…) and I’ve also encountered those that had to depart way too early indeed. Happy to read you guys enjoy the Appalachian trail, I’ve heard many great things about it already, that might be something to consider for me one day too! We usually go for walks in the Swiss alps. Cheers and thanks for stopping by! Matt

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