Ten Warning Signs of Good Health

by Gayle Donahue, MSN, RN

Do you remember your New Year’s resolutions for 2019? Wherever you are with your New Year’s resolutions, I would like to offer you the following list for your consideration this spring and summer.

Gayle Donahue, MSN, RN

Gayle Donahue, MSN, RN

I hope that you will focus on one or maybe two signs of health you would like to strengthen in your life. The list is not based on massive research or evidence-based practice of professional nursing, but perhaps it will be one day.

However, there is some research supporting the health benefits of each topic. The list was published in Delicious Living (isn’t that a great name for a magazine?!) The author is James Greenblatt, MD, Newton MA.

10 Warning Signs of Good Health

  1. Persistent sense of humor.

  2. Chronic positive expectations; tendency to frame events in a constructive light.

  3. Episodic outbreaks of joyful, happy experiences.

  4. Sense of spiritual involvement.

  5. Tendency to adapt well to changing conditions.

  6. Rapid response to and recovery from stress and repeated challenges.

  7. Increased appetite for physical activity.

  8. Tendency to identify and communicate feelings.

  9. Repeated episodes of gratitude and generosity.

  10. Continuing presence of support network.

A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. - Proverbs 17:22 (NIV).
– Gayle