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What Does it Mean to Live a Healthy Life?


  • The act of creating things is one of the best ways to avoid living a short, unimportant life. You get to contribute something to the world around you.
  • Creating new experiences helps us discover who we are and what is important to us.
  • Creative pursuits (art, dance, music, etc.) have been proven to reduce stress and provide numerous health benefits.
  • It helps us understand and appreciate hard work.


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What Does it Mean to Live a Healthy Life?

What Does it Mean to Live a Healthy Life?


Key Ideas


Too often, however, we take for granted the opportunity that our health gives us to live a life that’s true to us.

To accomplish the things we dream about, we are required to be makers, explorers, and creators. We are required to move and become active participants in life. 


Human beings are the most social creatures on planet earth. So, you're not really living a healthy life if it doesn't involve others.

The people you connect with will have a huge influence on you: Those who have already walked through the fire can help you do the same. And those who haven’t will make it seem impossible for you to do so.


To be curious is to be human.

There is value in experiencing the world around us instead of simply learning about it.


The people who are living healthy, fulfilling lives are actively living instead of simply being alive.

Living a healthy life is rooted in participating in the world around you.



Finding a balance

We read that we should eat a balanced diet, live a balanced life, and seek a good work/family balance without defining balance.

Balance is the taking of appropriate action when circumstan...

Frank Herbert
Frank Herbert

“There is no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.”

No mass-producible solutions

It is important to understand that balance is relative: the focus of balance is always going to be different from person to person. There is no one size fits all.

For example, what a balanced diet means for one person may be entirely different for another. Both diets may be healthy, but it is the context that makes it so.

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A Life Lived Passionately

Stop the conscious searching of your passion and just live passionately.

Trying to find a passion is often a fruitless exercise, though it is heavily advised in many books and articles...

Being in The Now

Living passionately means living in the now, in the present moment. 

It means not being distracted on your phone, but being engaged in what you love doing. It means interacting with others deeply and fully, giving all your attention and focus.

A Learning Machine

An example of being holistically passionate in your life is the habit of constantly learning, absorbing as much as you can.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

"When you cease to make a contribution, you begin to die."

Eleanor Roosevelt
Contribution and self-worth

The act of contributing, no matter how small, allows you to derive a sense of self–worth. When you contribute something to the world, you matter.

You change the course of other's lives by what you create and contribute. 

Make something
You can't control the amount of time you spend on this planet, but you can control what you contribute while you're here.

Be an active participant in life and contribute to the world around you. You don't have to create big contributions, you just need to live out small ones each day.