Principle 12: Live with Passion

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We now arrive at the 12th and most important principle of wellness: live with passion. Instead of giving you my usual wellness tips, I thought I would share a story about two people who truly embody this principle. And as luck would have it, they happen to be my parents, who after 40 plus years have shared quite the adventure together.

Principle 10: Create a Social Support Network

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Remember that old adage: you don’t have to go it alone! My whole life I’ve immensely admired the wonderful friendship my Mom shares with her two soulmates Pam and Jeanne. This dynamic threesome have stood together through thick and thin, and brought immense joy and lots of laughs to each other’s lives.

Principle 9: Live with Gratitude

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Living with gratitude is at the heart of the 12 Principles of Wellness. I love this quote from Hall of Fame baseball player Wade Boggs: “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”

Principle 8: Develop a Spiritual Practice

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I began our wellness discussion by talking about the importance of eating whole foods, but “spiritual nutrition” is just as essential and can feed us on a deeper level. As Dr. Andrew Weil said, “the essence of spirituality is connectedness; an inner sense that we are not random, isolated creatures but part of something sacred and infinitely larger than ourselves.” Spirituality fosters positive relationships, higher self-esteem, a sense of optimism and meaning or purpose in life.

Principle 6: Sleep Yourself Healthy

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Did you know that sleep plays a vital role in achieving optimal wellness??? Although many of us suffer from sleep deprivation, we actually need 7-9 hours of quality sleep each night for our bodies to repair themselves both physically and mentally. Bottom line, not getting enough sleep can greatly affect your health, mood, weight, immunity, brain function and even your sex life.