The greatest gift you can give your family…

The groundwork of all happiness is health.

Leigh Hunt (1784 – 1859)

When you are young and healthy, it never occurs to you that in a single second your whole life could change.

Annette Funicello (1942 – 2013)

I believe that the greatest gift you can give your family and the world is a healthy you.

Joyce Meyer (b. 1943)

Knowing that we can be loved exactly as we are gives us all the best opportunity for growing into the healthiest of people.

Fred Rogers (1928 – 2003)

The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.

Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 – 1860)

Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.

Norman Cousins (1915 – 1990)

I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex, and rich food. He was healthy up to the day he killed himself.

Johnny Carson (1925 – 2005)

Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.

Redd Foxx (1922 – 1991)

The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.

Mark Twain (1835 – 1910)

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.

-ibid.

25 thoughts on “The greatest gift you can give your family…”

    1. Anika, my grandmother always used to say (in pretty much every conversation that I had with her, which used to be daily) that health is the single most important asset than any of us have.


      David

  1. Very nice. I particularly enjoyed the irony in the second half of the post. And, yes, how to find a good balance of staying healthy and still enjoying life is the key.

  2. don’t yet sign on the dotted line
    your clean bill of health
    what does the doctor know
    blind spots like a swiss cheese
    learn first we are all on a spectrum
    not: ‘gesundheit macht frei’ –

      1. I gathered you would; the phrase ‘we are all on the spectrum (of human experience)’ I keep borrowing from a well-known psychiatry-survivor movement rep turned academic 🙂

  3. So true. Good health is one of the easiest things to be complacent about. And then, when a shock arrives, it feels like your body has betrayed you. And then you start to believe anything can go wrong. It’s an amazing upturning of belief.

    1. Shavua tov, Rhonda. I’m glad you appreciated these – it’s really interesting to read through other people’s pearls of wisdom and pick out the one that most resonate with me 🙂

      Yours,
      David

    1. That’s fair, Leenda… I think his basic idea is that without health, everything else eventually falls apart and we die. That’s how I understood him, at least… but I totally feel what you’re saying.


      David

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