What is the meaning of your life? What are your deep motivations and sources of joy? Would you be happier if you were richer, more handsome or smarter? In reality, no matter how different your expectations and needs may be, one thing is certain: health and well-being are closely linked. As a result, a famous Japanese doctor wanted to share 4 secrets of happiness that allowed him to live in good health and for a very long time.
Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara accomplished various accomplishments before his death at the age of 105. President Emeritus of St. Luke’s International University and a pioneer in preventive medicine, the doctor was keen to leave a record of his time on Earth. He has written several books on longevity and well-being to enable people to lead happy and harmonious lives. Through his lectures and books, the doctor was able to share important teachings that have traveled around the world. Thus, he spent his entire life helping and supporting all those who crossed his path.
Dr. Shigeaki’s 4 tips for a long and healthy life
Before leaving this world, this wise man wanted to share his recommendations with others. Here are some of his tips, published by the Japan Times:
1- The energy must come from a feeling of internal well-being, and not from the pleasure of food or sleep
Some people forget that well-being must come from within, not from the environment. As a result, they tend to believe that if they lack energy, it may be because they don’t eat enough or sleep enough. But in reality, even if we need food and sleep to live, these two elements are not our only source of energy. The fuel of the body, what must move it forward, is the intrinsic motivation of each person. Indeed, the mind must continually be nourished by positive thoughts, motivations, and gratitude to give rise to successful actions.
2- To live long and maintain good health, you must avoid being overweight
For Dr. Shigeaki, maintaining a healthy weight is an essential requirement for good health. According to him, not all people who live long enough are prone to overweight. As a result, he advises a healthy and balanced diet that gives the body enough energy to function without overloading it. For breakfast, the doctor recommends eating orange juice, milk, coffee, and olive oil. “Olive oil is excellent for the arteries and keeps my skin healthy,” says the doctor. For the next two meals, he recommends eating vegetables, fish, and rice. However, the doctor recommends limiting his meat consumption to a maximum of twice a week.
3- To flourish and take care of your body, it is necessary to eat in full consciousness
Mindful eating is in vogue right now. What if Dr. Shigeaki was one of his pioneers? The doctor advises eating to nourish your body and not to nourish your mind. Therefore, he recommends eating with an awareness of the emotions felt. In this way, people are able to know if they are eating to fill a gap and alleviate a negative emotion or if they are really hungry. Generally, this exercise appeals to the senses and allows you to better control your appetite and satiety. As a result, it contributes to maintaining a healthy body.
4- Work also contributes to well-being: retirement should therefore not be a moral obligation
The doctor worked until he was 60 years old and then retired. But after 5 years, he decided to return to his professional activity as a volunteer to help some patients and contribute to the well-being of society. Thus, he worked 18 hours a week while enjoying his life to the full. As a result, although the retirement age in Japan is 65, he advises people to continue working if they wish. Indeed, being active and feeling that you are contributing to an important project helps to make you happier and healthier.
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