A few simple lifestyle changes can dramatically improve your energy, health, and longevity. While the science is complex, our application is both straight forward and practical. Eat well, stress less, move more, and love more. – Dr. Dean Ornish
Dr. Ornish is an American physician and researcher. He is the president and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, California, and a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ornish’s research has shown most chronic diseases are preventable with healthy diet and lifestyle practices.
The Pursuit of Growth lifestyle is a lifelong commitment to enhance your life by working to grow harmoniously through accomplishing goals, habits, and active progress anchored in 11 Focus Areas—Character, Attitude, Confidence, Relationships, Health, Love and Service, Lifelong Learning, Professional Work, Financial Literacy, Hobbies and Experiences, and Faith in God. It’s a journey towards the best version of oneself. If you look closely at the 11 Focus Areas, you’ll realize the intentional effort to excel in each category will result in an individual who eats well, stresses less, moves more, and loves more.
The Pursuit of Growth is a counter cultural lifestyle. Our society struggles with diets high in processed foods, sugar, and junk snacks. Stress and anxiety are at the highest recorded levels in history. Technology has provided incredible advances for our world, but it has also increased sedentary lifestyles for millions. Close relationships with people in our communities continues to shrink as our lives become focused on other pursuits.
Can you eat better? Can you stress less? Can you move more? Can you love more? If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, it’s time to create a plan and take action. Even small improvements in each of these categories can add years to your life expectancy and quality of life. In fact, Dr. Ornish’s research shows that by developing a lifestyle focused on these items can increase lifespan by 15 years or more!
Review the 11 Focus Areas of the Pursuit of Growth. Challenge yourself to create one goal, big or small, in each category that will improve your life. Work towards creating a lifestyle that eats well, stresses less, moves more, and loves more. Dr. Ornish’s research shows this practical advice will dramatically decrease the likelihood of developing chronic disease and increase longevity.
If you wish to review examples of specific goals to pursue for each of the 11 Focus Areas, plus, an 11-step plan that outlines a clear process for achieving goals and new habits, purchase a copy of The Pursuit of Growth Book.
If you wish to review short blogs for inspiration and actionable tips, read the 1 Minute Matters Blog.
16 Blogs are featured below. Visit The Pursuit of Growth website for more.
1. Eat Well
- 30 Healthy Diet Lifestyle Hacks
- A List of Foods to Eat & Foods to Avoid
- Foods That Damage Your Immune System
- Are You Consuming Too Much Sugar?
2. Stress Less
- Your Anxiety Is Useful
- 10 Tips to Develop Thick Skin
- Do You Fear The Critic or Choose to Dare Greatly?
- 8 Tips for Improving Sleep
3. Move More
- 5 Tactics to Make Fitness a Daily Habit
- Take A Gratitude Walk
- Improve Your Fitness with The Murph Challenge
- The Greatest Fitness Tip from Bruce Lee
4. Love More
- 33 Tips for Improving Relationships
- The Best Way to End a Conversation
- Collect Miraculous Experiences Over Material Things
- How to Help When Help Is Rejected
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