Redefining Wellth

I bet you have a savings account. It’s where you put all the spare money you get, accumulating it for a rainy day – sometime in the future when you will need it. It’s nice to have a little nest egg. It’s reassuring to have a little cushion so you don’t have to worry about every little thing that happens; a little savings account gives you some peace of mind when the unexpected happens. Building wealth starts with making consistent deposits into your account and keeping them there until you need them. 

But what if I told you your life savings shouldn’t be in a Chase bank account – that, instead, your life savings should be on your body. Actually, it should be your body. Your “life savings” is how well your body can do the things you need it to. Your life savings, then isn’t your wealth; it’s your Wellth. Anybody who thinks money will make you happy hasn't got money. We need a new definition for wealth then.

That’s what Jason Wachob says in his new book Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Résumé. Wachob is the founder of MindBodyGreen and in the book, he talks about the tenets of health – mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health – and how these are the measure of happiness; not the accumulation of money and material wealth.

Wellth, then isn’t a typo – the true indication of a life well-lived is wellth, not wealth.

There’s a quote attributed to David Geffen in the book that says:

Anybody who thinks money will make you happy hasn’t got money. 

Sure, we all want some money – enough to buy the things that make us comfortable – good clothes, a home, education, reliable food supply. But what after that? Talk to anyone who’s sick and they’ll probably tell you they’d give everything they have in exchange for health. I know when I’m sick – even just the cold or allergies that I’ve been dealing with the last few weeks – all my focus is on getting well. I’m willing to give up any food that I like if it means I can get better faster. Wellth then isn’t money, it’s happiness, freedom from disease and freedom from worrying about it.

Like other books in this genre, Wachob discusses how each of several actions helps to make a person more “well-thy”. What distinguishes Wellth from other books like it are the practical examples – how to make deposits in your wellth account, how to marry Eastern and Western treatments to find the best treatments for you, how to find the best diet for your body, how to have the best relationships. Each chapter ends with tips, some from the authors experience, many from experts in other fields, on how to live to be wellthy.

I enjoyed reading this book. In fact, I am in the middle of a health phase right now where I’m focusing on practical things I can do to increase my overall health so I read Wellth from cover to cover in just two days. I am recommending it because I think other health-conscious folk will enjoy it too.

Note: I received a free copy of Wellth from Blogging for Books in order to write this review.

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