I once asked my former Canadian hockey player trainer why he and his mates dressed up in ties and jackets before they'd go out and bang each other up. His response "Look good. Feel good. Play good."
If how you look affects how well you play your game, then how about your game of life?
A few years ago, when I was speaking at a wellness convention in Marshfield, a fine-looking middle-aged man in a turtleneck came up to me and, pulling up his shirt, showed me a disfiguring neck scar from his cancer surgery. "This is the best thing that ever happened to me," he said. "It changed my life. It might be shorter, but is sure is better. I stopped smoking. Stopped drinking. Started talking more to my wife and kids. Cancer saved my life."
The two have a lot in common: They have a sense of well-being. A recent study published in the journal Lancet showed that those in the study who had a better sense of well-being were 30% less likely to die over an eight-year period.
So can a sense of well-being be considered a separate health-promoting factor? I certainly think so.