Do you want to live short happy life or keep dragging your life full of health issues
Many of us are not eating our favorite food because it may cause us heart trouble. Many of us are doing early morning exercises (although we hate to do that) but that is required to keep us alive. So what do you think is better; live a happy life or live a long life doing things we don't love?
I'd rather not spend my life reducing complex issues to overly simplified this-or-that choices. We're capable of greater challenges.
People should be able to have a happy life eating healthy food and getting enough exercise. I don't see why those things would make anyone unhappy. I'm getting to an age where I find it increasingly difficult to feel sorry for people who don't make a genuine effort to look after themselves. Some health issues are unavoidable and I feel so sorry for anyone who is hit by a sledge hammer of ill-health through no fault of their own. But people who eat junk food all day sitting on their bottoms and complaining about their health don't get any sympathy from me. I doubt anyone can have a healthy body without a healthy attitude.
Thanks for comments @lontimemother i am basically considering patients who are on their bed since long time and there is no hope that one day they will get up but they are still being forced not to eat their favorite food for the sake of long life
That's not how you worded the original question. If they are on their death beds and they are not going to recover, then who cares what eat!
Put me down for short and happy. Though I don't know how you feel you have a power over life and death this way.
I believe moderation, in everything you do on a daily basis. Including exercise, eating drinking & loving. And avoid stress like the plague, wherever & whenever possible!
if it is the wish of the lord to live small life then i accept it.
As someone who has built a career working in end of life care, I believe this is a choice that is made many times over during the course of one's life. At the age of 20-30, for instance, I might do everything I can to keep myself healthy and active. When I am at age 80 I would expect that my choice might be much different as I would have lived much of my life. Could I still opt to continue in my healthy lifestyle? Absolutely. Could I give myself some or all relief from dietary restrictions, exercise regimens, vitamins, etc? Absolutely.
Again, I believe these choices are made over and over again during the course of our lives as we evaluate where we are. Our perceptions of what is a quality life change over our lifetime.
Happy life is important but that does not mean one has to live a short life. Life can be happy or tragic during any span of time one spends on earth. Quality and fruitful life is what I desire for and no issues with longevity.
Life is about trade offs! People tend to sacrifice one thing in order to have something (they) value more. Our lives are the result of the choices and decisions we make. Therefore whatever it is you are doing (you) have decided it's in (your) best interest.
You may hate going to work but you love owning a home,driving a car, being able to eat out, or having money to purchase things you enjoy. The biggest difference between being mature and immature is not about age, it's about taking responsibility and having the self-discipline to do what (needs) to be done in order to have the kind of life (you want). Mature people think about long-term consequences and immature people don't concern themselves with anything beyond today.
As for living a short life or living many years (with) an illness...I would choose to live a short life. "It's not about the years in the life, it's about the (life) in the years!"
It is my belief that people live long lives because that make choices to live long. Living a long life is not easy. There is usually more suffering when one makes the choice to live a long life. At best, there will be ups and downs, as one lives long. In my situation, a short happy life is not good enough. I am a researcher, a scientist, a physician, a teacher, a writer, and I cannot afford to settle for a short happy life. Too many people are depending on me to live a long, productive life. If I must suffer from health issues in order to endure to the end, then so be it. One of the most productive people in the world, a British theoretical physicist, named Stephen Hawking, who has suffered a lot for most of his 71 years of life. He is my example for how I am living my own life. Although I am suffering from a different kind of pain (a pain that is psychological in nature, and causes a lot of worry), I continue to pursue a life that involves helping others who suffer. I suppose I see human suffering as a part of real life, so I endure, and strive to endure to the end. I help others to endure their lives of suffering, with the hope that one can find Joy and Hope, in the the midst of suffering. I have said enough about this, I think.
I would prefer a short happy life. I have seen too many elderly relatives decline in their later years. The quality of life can be horrible when one gets past a certain age. This seems to be happening more these days, as modern medicine keeps people alive for longer. That's nice, but what is the quality of life that is enjoyed during these extended years?
I agree with longtimemother. There are many healthy foods that make me happy, and many unhealthy foods that make me feel sick and unhappy. It is all a matter of how you look at it.
For instance, if you look at fried food as the best thing every, then you are going to be unhappy eating healthy food. But if you look at healthy, flavorful foods as being the best thing every, then those will make you happy. It is just a matter of shifting your outlook on what makes you happy or not.
Personally I feel much better and happier when I eat well and exercise. So, I guess I will take the long happy life doing healthy things I love.
But do you agree that there are people who like to eat fried foods etc but they don't eat it because that make them sick......
Of course, and they feel like they are depriving themselves which causes them to be unhappy. However, if they changed their view on fried foods then they would no longer be unhappy.
Life is a journey and every one of us should complete it even if the roads are rough and tough. There is so many hurdles and ups and down in our life. Some people live a happy life some live through worries and miseries.. In my view, we all need to understand that happiness and worries are part of our life..
We are born as human beings with a purpose, a mission. In our journey of life, we have to be productive and useful to the society. Life is too short for doing good things but too long for doing bad things.
The more we feel that we have the ability to overcome any kind of problem including health/illness, the more we feel to do whatever we can make that happen.
Above all, we have to be mindful of one thing: Beware of the naysayers. We should possess a brilliant outlook on life. Being yourself is the most unique thing you can offer anyone. You should never rob yourself of this most valuable asset that you can offer. Once you have accepted that you are worthwhile and sure about who you are, you will begin to notice in a very short time that you are not prone to the intimidation of sickness.
Personally, I don't desire to continue living if my life is already meaningless. Admittedly, I had been suicidal several times just because in those times I cannot see the point to continue living. The main reason for my suicidal attempts is when I discovered the infidelity of my ex-husband of 18 years; I cannot see the point to continue living with him in a meaningless and deceitful relationship and I cannot imagine living with my two children having no father if I had to leave him. Some other reason was when my fiance (we'd been living together for 3 years) died of cancer, I was so consumed with grief that I cannot imagine how I was going to live my life again without him. For me such time was the end of my life.
But those were the days in the past. I studied for another four years in a university on Psychology, Philosophy of Man...along this line and I had learned and practiced since then to keep my will strong enough to face and embrace life in its complete nature. I had learned to embrace life including its pain and sorrows.
Hence, I now prefer to live a long and meaningful life. A meaningful life to me is one where I can dream of what I want to become , on what else can I do and still learn and achieve for the next 20 years and more from now. I believe in "dreams see us through" in this life. My new husband now (just one year married for the third time) is a dream come true. I still have many dreams to achieve so that I need to live longer if that is only to see my dreams unfold before my eyes.
Please to know your journey and i am happy that at last you got the peace and happiness in your life. Life is precious don't waste it , i was only talking about those who are so ill health that "living more" doesn't make any sense to them . Be Happy
Health is just one issue as far as living is concerned, I was thinking of the general issue of choosing to live longer or otherwise. I was just a bit carried away, not noticing the specifics of your question.
I think happiness is from within. I can be happy eating vegetable I hate to make me healthy. When you get drs orders to get rid of stress for your health, I can meditate walk do anything. People who are dying live for each day they have left. So I am happy to be alive one day at a time.
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