Health (of body, mind, and soul) is a building block of happiness. Yes, one can be happy and unhealthy, but being healthy makes being happy a lot easier.
Here at Joe’s Memos, my aim is to promote, inspire, and assist readers in achieving great health and happiness.
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, human being consists of body and soul as one (362-368). The body can be broken down further into body and mind. So we are body, mind, and soul, and all three are intertwined.
If we are aiming to be the best we can be, we should aim for a healthy body, a healthy mind, and a healthy soul.
There are different ways of maintaining and improving health in each of these; body, mind, soul. But they do overlap quite a bit, and I believe that focusing on health of soul is the best place to start.
- The soul is the part of us that is most eternal.
- Focusing on health of soul leads to a focus on health of body and mind as well. One who focuses on having a healthy soul will be guided toward considerations of bodily and mental health along the way. For example, a person focused on spiritual health will practice moderation and avoidance of gluttony. This practice also leads to healthier dietary habits which affect the body directly, and the mind somewhat less directly.
However, starting with spiritual health does not mean we should forget about bodily and mental health.
I see so many blogs and websites focused on just one aspect of health. Those sites have their place on the web. Specialization can be interesting and productive. I am a big fan of spiritually-focused sites like ChurchPOP and The Catholic Gentleman. I also enjoy reading bodily-focused sites like NutritionFacts.org and Psychology Today. But I believe real happiness comes from balance, well-roundedness. That is why, at Joe’s Memos, you will find articles about all three aspects of the human being: