I have spent the past week at the Chautauqua Institution in western New York State (ciweb.org). This 130-year-old institution features a nine-week summer season with a rich selection of educational, artistic, spiritual, cultural, and recreational opportunities. My family and I have visited the Institution each summer since 1994 as part of our pattern for personal and family renewal.
The theme for this past week was “Getting Well, Staying Well, Being Well,” and I had the opportunity to speak to about 50 people on Tuesday afternoon on the topic of Wellness Coaching. During my speech, I asked everyone to submit the answers to two questions on 3×5 index cards:
- What is one great thing that you do every day for your own health and wellness?
- What is one great thing that you could start doing every day for your own health and wellness?
The answers were predictable, fun, and a wonderful demonstration of how much wisdom people already have regarding their own health and wellness. No wonder coaching works! We just have to draw that wisdom out and make it stick.
Here were some of the answers people gave as to the great things they were already doing:
- I walk and move my body a lot; I swim; I ride my bike; I dance salsa.
- I take my medicine; I take my vitamins.
- I laugh and smile.
- I meditate in the morning; I pray; I do yoga.
- I sleep well.
- I eat a healthy diet, avoiding partially hydrogenated vegetable oil and high-fructose corn syrup.
- I have hobbies; I knit; I practice piano.
My answer to that query was that I love my wife. You can imagine my delight, therefore, when the wellness experts who spoke at Chautauqua consistently lifted up the importance of love to good health. Research demonstrates that the more we love the ones we’re with, including those in our network of family and friends, the stronger our immune system, the happier we are, and the longer we live.
As regular readers of these Pathways know, wellness is not just about nutrition and exercise. It has to do with everything that goes into a well-lived life, including the power of love.
Coaching Inquiries: Do you have enough close, positive, and loving relationships in your life to experience the health benefits of love? How you could you raise the love quotient in your life? What interventions could make things better?
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May you be filled with goodness, peace, and joy.
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CEO & Co-Founder, Center for School Transformation, www.SchoolTransformation.com
2010-2011 President, International Association of Coaching, www.CertifiedCoach.org
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