Message-from-the-Director

Message from the Director

Happiness is a symptom of a healthy mind and body. When we begin a new year, our family, friends, colleagues and neighbors wish us “HAPPY New Year,” “PROSPEROUS New Year,” “HEALTHY New Year.” And we, in turn, give these wishes to those we know and love. Receiving and giving these good wishes makes us feel good, and, there is something motivating about beginning a new year. Hope is rekindled and great expectations arise. We have a whole year to look forward to and to do with as we will.

But I noticed something at the beginning of this new year that I had not noticed before. Almost everyone I spoke to, whether family, friend or colleague, had been sick. Whether it was traditional flu-like symptoms or stomach virus or extreme malaise, almost everyone was somewhat subdued and in a recovery mode – and this was just the beginning of the year. Being sick seemed to override everything else and I had to circle back to something that we all know, but we forget sometimes: When you have your health, you have everything. We are not happy when we are not healthy. We are not productive when we are not healthy. We are not prosperous when we are not healthy. So health is the fulcrum on which the rest of our life balances.

So, if health is the keystone on which everything else depends, it sure makes sense to me that we will do everything in our power to make sure we are healthy and stay healthy. And, unless we have a condition that requires medical treatment, it does not mean seeing a doctor every week or taking pills all of the time. It means eating healthy, exercising appropriately, relieving stress with natural methods. It means giving our bodies the best chance they have to be and stay healthy, so that, when someone asks, “How do you feel?” you can truthfully and honestly say, “I feel great!”

So, with that said, all of us from the Tulane Prevention Research Center wish you and yours the absolutely healthiest year you have ever had. Let us do great things together!

Carolyn C. Johnson, PhD, FAAHB
Director, Tulane Prevention Research Center

(Posted January 2014)

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