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Esprit: The Key to Health
by Greg Anderson

The single overriding objective in wellness is creating constant personal renewal where we recognize and act on the truth that each day is a miraculous gift and our job is to untie the ribbons.

That's the Law of Esprit: living life with joy.

Joy - the emotion evoked by well-being. Delight. Bliss. Genuine happiness. True wellness is the ability to generate a joyful stance toward life on a daily basis.

The practice of wellness carries with it the exceptional promise that we can know an esprit, a deep satisfaction, in all areas of our life experience. The goal of this profound personal work: a life of joy. Knowing the Law of Esprit.

If we have widely variable willpower and fight a constant battle over food and exercise, then our wellness strategy has probably been faulty from the start. We have violated the first law of wellness - esprit.

If life is a constant battle against weight gain, a Herculean effort of keeping fit, a career filled with struggle, a marriage that is toxic, we have missed wellness. We have missed it because we have missed the joy. The Law of Esprit has not been honored.

The Law of Esprit recognizes that what we wish and expect governs the response we get. For example, people who consider how to improve their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being every day for the balance of their lives immediately begin to see three values emerge:

  • satisfaction, since for them life becomes primarily a pleasant experience;
  • creativity, which keeps life interesting and makes us want more of it;
  • wisdom, which is the collective reward of the well life

People who focus on the difficulty of their physical, mental, and spiritual circumstances are tend to see different values emerge - dissatisfaction, despair, and dissonance.

The Law of Esprit implies that we want as much satisfaction, creativity, and wisdom as possible. The result: joy! And this joy extends to every area of life - our body, our mind, our relationships, our personal growth, and our sense of meaning and purpose, and our experience of being a spiritually rooted creation.

Condensed from: The 22 {Non-Negotiable} Laws of Wellness: feel, think, and live better then you ever thought possible - by Greg Anderson