Saturday, May 6, 2023

The Well-Lived Life

The Well-Lived Life by Gladys McGarey M.D.
5/2/23; 256 pages
Atria Books

The Well-Lived Life: A 102-Year-Old Doctor's Six Secrets to Health and Happiness at Every Age by Gladys McGarey M.D. is a recommended, highly for some, self-help book. The foreword is written by Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. McGarey is called the mother of holistic medicine and in The Well-Lived Life she shares the six principles, or secrets, on the key to living a fulfilling life of purpose and vitality. Her advice and insight is presented through stories from her life and from patients she has seen over the years. Following each section is a Practice section that gives activities or exercises to help you shift your perspective and achieve health.

Her six principles for life, and the six sections the book is divided up into are:
You are here for a reason: How to find the everyday “juice” that helps you stay oriented in your life’s purpose.
All life needs to move: How to move—spiritually, mentally, and physically—to help let go of trauma and other roadblocks.
Love is the most powerful medicine: Learn to love yourself—and others—into healing.
You are never alone: How to build a community that’s meaningful to you.
Everything is your teacher: Discover the deep learnings that come from pain and setbacks.
Spend your energy wildly: How to embrace your life fully and feel motivated every day.

The Well-Lived Life may certainly be helpful and beneficial for many people and can assist them in finding a fulfilling balance in life which will impact health in a positive way. A change in perspective can result in an improvement in attitude and outlook, which will help in many ways. However not every medical condition can be handled in this manner and there are many other very well recommended books out there on the mind/body connection. An average book for me, but many people will appreciate her advice.

Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Atria Books via Edelweiss.

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