Sunday, February 7, 2016

Building Health and Well-being


“If health fails, teaching, knowledge, life itself, all comes to naught. So have nothing to do with alcohol and avoid all things against which the conscience speaks.”

-Ras Tafari

100 Days of Progress
This chapter exists because I believe many Americans can enjoy life more through systematically building their well-being. In my language teaching I always emphasize two steps; 1) Define your goals and the elements of making progress that go into reaching them. And, 2) Figure out a program that will allow you to make progress every day. Then, carry out this program for 100 days. When you make progress every day, there is no pressure to rush.

Chapter Seven Questions: Here are some things to ponder

You don't have to answer them all, but answer the ones you care about most or add in your own sentiments.


  1. Were you surprised by any of the statistics on stress and depression?
  2. Do you agree with the “possible causes” of stress, depression, and obesity put forward by this chapter?
  3. What is the role of exercise for you?
  4. Have you ever had any problems with stress or depression?
  5. What did you think about table 8.1?
  6. What is your take on the summer facilities model?
  7.  Before reading this article, what did you know about declining testosterone levels? What information was new?
  8. Which of the ideas on “building community” can best fight stress and depression?
  9. Do you think a time bank could help you in your life?
  10. How large of an impact do you think time banks can have on the stress and depression of elderly, isolated people?

Tell us how you feel about these thoughts. Share them with your friends and family and get your community involved in the solutions to our world.

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