Vol. VI-No. 28.
RALEIGH. N. C. JULY 18, 1912
THE HEALTH HABIT.
Elbert Hubbard in Cosmopolitan.
F A MAN is sent to the penitentiary it is because he has dis
obeyed the laws of the land. Such an one is disgraced in the
eyes of his friends and of society.
If a man is sick it is because he has violated the laws of
nature, that is to say, the laws of God. And such an one, in
stead of feeling disgraced, often feels sorry for himself and
explains his sad plight to anyone any everyone who will lis
Man is made to be well and happy and useful. And if a person is
happy, the probabilities are he will be well; and in order to keep well he
has to be useful.
Health is the most natural thing in the world. Nature is on our
side. Health is the norm, and all nature .tends thitherward.
Physicians nowadays do not talk about curing people. All the wise
and good physician can do is to put the patient in line with nature. Na
ture heals, and all the healing forces of nature are perfectly natural. We
know the rules of health. Everyone of common intelligence is familiar
with them. The trouble is that many men consider themselves excep
tions; and postponed punishment does not deter them from violating the
laws of nature.
We must not only know the rules of health and bear them in mind,
but we must bring to bear will to see that we live them.
We have the knowledge, but we lack the technique; that is to say, we
haven’t got the habit.
Health is a habit, and a vast number of people in America are get
ting it. They make it their business to be well every day and all the
time, and the rules whereby they succeed are endorsed by every physi
cian. First, think health, not disease.
Keep your mind on the ideal, and picture the strong, happy, self-re
liant person that you would like to be.
Breathe deeply in the open air, holding the breath, then expelling it
slowly through the nostrils.
As a people, we eat about one-third more than we really need, and so
our energies are consumed in getting rid of the waste.
The greatest disturber of health is fear. Fear means impaired cir
culation; impaired circulation means* impaired digestion; imperfect diges
tion affects the entire program of life. To eliminate fear we must breathe
more and eat less; work more and loatf less; praise more and scold less;
love more and hate less.
Get the Health Habit, and assoclat
with people who have it. It’s
One Dollar a Year.