A Secret to Long-term Health & Happiness: Do You Have Purpose?

When it comes to being well and staying well, it’s easy to overlook the importance of Vitamin P—having Purpose!  Purposeful living is conducive to physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing.  Alternatively, a perceived lack of purpose leads to restlessness, anxiety, soul suffocation, mental strain, and emotional tension that can undermine your immune system and invite aging and disease.

Do you have enough vitamin P in your life?  In this 3 minute clinic we talk about the importance of following your cause and purposeful living as one of the keys to securing your long-term health and happiness.

“Welcome to the 3-minute clinic on Wellness Planning 101 where we talk about the strategies and themes that empower you to stay well, and keep well, and be well for the rest of your life. Now we’ve talked a little bit about the forces of self-care versus self-wear, let me review: self-care versus self-wear, let’s go with self-care. The habits of self-care keep you healthy, the habits of self-wear wear you down—that’s what it means by self-wear. Now we’ve talked a little bit about the importance of biological and food nutrition, we’ve talked about physical nutrition and exercise, we’ve talked about mental nutrition all being parts of self-care, we’ve talked about emotional nutrition—today I want to talk about spiritual nutrition. When you look at someone’s nutrition and look you at the whole picture, it’s not just what you eat. It’s how you think, your mental nutrition; it’s how you feel, your emotional nutrition; how you take care of your body with exercise, your physical nutrition; and it’s also your spiritual nutrition, how you deal with your soul. You know, that’s a very broad subject and it’s very vague for many people, but let me simplify it for you. When I talk about spiritual nutrition, I’m talking about your purpose in life, your cause, your mission, your message. You see, when you wake up in the morning and you have purpose, when you wake up in the morning and you have focus, when you wake up in the morning and you have conviction, when you wake up in the morning and you have things you’re looking forward to—that’s soulful, that’s spiritual nutrition! When you believe in yourself, when you stand up for yourself, when you follow through in what you believe in, that’s spiritual nutrition—that’s following your cause. Everybody has a cause. I’ve often asked people their purpose in life, they say “I’m not sure,” they don’t know—no, everybody has a purpose. It’s something you have to discover, think back to what turns you on, what excites you, where you want to make a difference, what do you look forward to. See, when you wake up in the morning and you have things to look forward to, going into work and making a difference at work, in your love life and your family life—making a difference in the people’s lives in your life. Okay, making a difference, enriching others, contributing to a cause, you see, that’s purpose! So when you have purpose, when you have soulful purpose it feeds your soul—that’s what I mean by spiritual nutrition. So my tip for today is this—there are so many different directions people can go in, figure out what turns you on, figure out what excites you, figure out what means something to you. Take a cause—for me, wellness is one of my causes. Now you can have more than one cause, but whatever your cause is—get involved in it, get invested in it, take time with it, spend time with it, interact with it, and look forward to it! When you build a library of spiritual nutrition, emotional nutrition by being happy, mental nutrition by thinking positively, physical nutrition by staying fit, biochemical nutrition with the right foods—you see, what you’re doing, your framing yourself to become an empowered, whole, well being. Powerful, balanced, energetic people stay well. People that are not powerful, that are not energetic, that are not balanced don’t stay well. The name of the game is to stay well. To be rich in life means to be rich in health, to be rich in wellness, to stay well the rest of your life. To be well, to stay well—that’s the key. The forces of self-care need spiritual nutrition. So get involved with your purpose, figure out your cause, go to my “ten rule” book; I have a quiz in there on how to determine your purpose in life. But get into a cause, get into a mission, get into something that means something to you and follow through—that will turn on your soul! Stand up for yourself, believe in yourself—that will feed your spiritual nutrition!”

  • By Christinia Lee, August 18, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    Dear Barnet,
    I really like that vitamin P. I take it every day. Amen to all you said about it.
    I have a comment about your delivery. I would like to hear you as you talk in your office. A little slower. It seemed a little rushed to me. Blessings, Christinia

  • By Ferdinand Zavitz, September 24, 2011 @ 3:00 am

    “Take away love and our earth is a tomb.” ~ Robert Browning

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