Ten Wellness Hacks
from the

ANCIENTS

LIVE FULL BOAR
The keys to a better life have not changed in thousands of years.
So put away your laundry lists and New Year’s resolution...
1. Wonder - Feeling of amazement; curious to know more
According to modern psychology theory, one of the most important em...
2. Get natural - Not made or caused by humankind
Natural sunlight can help boost your mood, immune system and increases th...
3. Connect - Bring together so that a real link is established
Teams, tribes, herds, flocks, hives, swarms, schools, cackl...
4. Disconnect - Unplug and take a reflective look inward
Yes, dear social animal, you deserve some solitude - a break from...
5. Work - Engage in productive activity; make a real effort
Work is central to our cultural evolution; human civilization ...
6. Play - Engage in exercise or activity for fun and amusement
Play is not just for kids. Research shows that play is a cr...
7. Sweat - Perspire, using the body’s cooling and detox system
Sweating is one of the best things that your body can do to...
8. Own it - Be accountable for what you think, say, do and want
Personal accountability sounds like a drag...until you app...
9. Share it - Allow someone to use or enjoy a skill or thing you possess
The research is consistent: sharing is good for h...
10. Give thanks - Appreciate what you have
The science of positive psychology tells us that being grateful for what one ha...
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These are complicated times. Vitamins are good, then they are bad; sun is bad...or is it good? Same goes for coffee, wine, butter, milk, fish, etc, etc. Our old light bulbs are all wrong, but clear the house if you drop a new one.

We seek 'perfect green lawns', being "Liked", "Followed" and tell the world what song we are listening to each moment, which coffee shop we're visiting and get news alerts that Justin Bieber is a teen behaving badly.

We are living a micro-managed existence! So mired in boring details that we know too much about each other in one sense, yet too little that is truly interesting.

Is there a 'secret' to living well? It's no secret that the subject sells books - lots and lots of books. How do we dig out of the minutia?

At 500 BC, our team of researchers, writers and technologists have been gathering the wisdom of the ages so that people can tap into ancestral connections and history’s greatest thinkers to get perspective and take a deep breath. Also to bring some magic back -- and fun. 

We want to re-set the new media standard with a new type of game that is a real game-changer. Move over IQ, EQ, FQ (Intelligence, Emotional and Fitness Quotients) and introduce the UQ -- the YOU Quotient -- the inspiration behind 500 BC's Game of You. Will you join us?

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  1. 1. Ten Wellness Hacks from the ANCIENTS LIVE FULL BOAR
  2. 2. The keys to a better life have not changed in thousands of years. So put away your laundry lists and New Year’s resolutions. Since the dawn of time human’s have pondered the tough questions: “why am I here?” “what is my destiny” “how do I pay lower taxes” “do I look fat in this?” The ancients left behind many clues to a better life, so have a look at the following Ten Wellness hacks. Even better, turn them into habits (we prefer the term living life ‘full boar’). Here’s the good news: this is not complicated. The Longevity Project (read the book!) studied the common characteristics that lead to a long, healthy life. Here are some findings: The healthiest individuals... -- Lived meaningful, committed lives, yet could laugh at themselves -- Worked hard and were tenacious about caring for their families -- Nurtured close relationships and were dedicated to things and people beyond themselves So if you are worried that you will have to eat a strictly organic, vegan diet wearing tie-dyed hair shirts, move on. The study showed that health came naturally as part of an active, engaged real life (i.e., not lived on a screen). No lists were needed. "Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated." - Confucius, 551 - 479 BC Hack or club up-side the head? Boris the boar here with Confucius and the gang to offer my commentary.
  3. 3. 1. Wonder - Feeling of amazement; curious to know more According to modern psychology theory, one of the most important emotional foundations for optimum mental health is the capacity for experiencing wonder and awe. Bored? Use that device to explore something new. Then put it down and go DO something. Be curious. Socrates and Plato will be so proud. To these great thinkers, studying life and asking questions was nature’s greatest gift to humanity. Your brain loves to think, appraise, and explore the world, discovering new sources of material and spiritual pleasure. “From wonder into wonder existence opens.” “Wisdom begins in wonder.” -- Socrates, 469-399 BC - Lao Tzu, 604-531 BC “Never lose a holy curiosity.” - Albert Einstein, 1879-1955 AD “Wonder rather than doubt is the root of all knowledge.” - Abraham Joshua Heschel, 1907-1972 Danish philosopher Kierkegaard claimed that boredom was the root of all evil. Maybe. (I thought it was pork rind plants.) I’ve had a hard time trusting Danes since learning they bred Great Dane’s to hunt my ancestors.
  4. 4. 2. Get natural - Not made or caused by humankind Natural sunlight can help boost your mood, immune system and increases the oxygen content in your blood. Most Americans are deficient in Vitamin D, especially people of color. Log off & lace up. The best source of Vitamin D? The sun. It was once used as a general tonic to heal almost everything; the sun is powerful medicine and like all medicines should be taken in moderation and with respect. Visit ewg.org for the best sun screens. And since running naked is mostly frowned on, you may need to take a D3 supplement. Skip the tanning bed, get outside (within reason) and have a good dermatologist. “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.” - Aristotle, 384-322 BC “If you wish to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.” - Carl Sagan, 1934-1996 “Man's heart away from nature becomes hard.” - Standing Bear 1834-1908 “One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” - William Shakespeare, 1564-1616 This standing boar agrees.
  5. 5. 3. Connect - Bring together so that a real link is established Teams, tribes, herds, flocks, hives, swarms, schools, cackles, parades, sounders and groves... from humans to bees and trees, community is key to survival. Joining and participating in one group cuts in half your odds of dying next year, according to Harvard professor, Robert Putnam. In his book Bowling Alone, Putnam says the greatest social epidemic in American life is loneliness. Online alone won’t really cut it. Social scientists suggest blocking off one night, three hours a week, and get connected with other people. Join a group – or start one. “The essence of community, its heart and soul, is the non-monetary exchange of value; things we do and share because we care for others, and for the good of the place.” - Dee Hock, founder and former CEO of the Visa credit card association. “I am because we are.” - African Proverb “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men.” - Herman Melville, 1819-1891 “The unapparent connection is more powerful than the apparent one.” – Heraclitus, 535-475 BC Like real people reading the opinions of someone with hooves and tusks?
  6. 6. 4. Disconnect - Unplug and take a reflective look inward Yes, dear social animal, you deserve some solitude - a break from the demands of society (online and offline). It provides an opportunity for perspective, an escape from the challenge of the moment. “Beware the barrenness of a busy life,” warned Socrates. What would he say today? Some find solitude uncomfortable because they’ve learned to derive self-esteem by satisfying others. Au contraire! Selfreflection helps us correct mistaken thoughts and actions, and learn from them, creating a more constructive life. Try a walking meditation – no technology – just you and the sounds around you. “Know thyself.” -- Socrates, 469-399 BC “One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude.” - Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967 “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” - Oscar Wilde, 1854-1900 “Silence is a true friend who never betrays." - Confucius, 551 - 479 BC That’s why I share all my secrets with mute swans.
  7. 7. 5. Work - Engage in productive activity; make a real effort Work is central to our cultural evolution; human civilization has been built on it...the creation of cities, farms, industries, armies and high-speed Internet devices. Then why aren’t we better at it? Is work taking over? Many no longer find the satisfaction in our daily work lives, dogged by bureaucracy, meetings about meetings and office hours that are always on. The struggle is to find meaning and purpose can lead to self-absorption. Rather than seeing everything in terms of its economic value, vs re-discovering the values that make our lives fun and worth while – and thinking more about who we want to be. “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” “Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to give up for it.” - H.L. Hunt, 1889-1974 - Confucius, 551 - 479 BC “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” - Thomas A. Edison, 1847-1931 “The oldest, shortest words - 'yes' and 'no' – are those which require the most thought.” - Pythagoras, 572-490 BC Get comfortable saying "No“? Stop believing I am 'super-boar' ? Can I still wear the cape?
  8. 8. 6. Play - Engage in exercise or activity for fun and amusement Play is not just for kids. Research shows that play is a crucial engine of well-being. It re-sets the brain, reduces stress and boosts the immune system, improving vitality and creativity. (Sources: Alan Krueger, Princeton University; Catherine O’Keefe, University of S. Alabama) Play is simultaneously a source of relaxation and stimulation for the brain and body. It helps develop your imagination, creativity and problem-solving abilities. Plus it teaches how to manage and transform negative emotions and make work more productive and fun. “Life must be lived as play.” “Man is most nearly himself when he - Plato, 427-346 BC achieves the seriousness of a child at play.” - Heraclitus, 535-475 BC “A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures” - Irish proverb All work and no play makes Boris a dull boar. All work and no play makes Boris a dull boar. All work and no play makes Boris a dull boar. All work and no play makes Boris a dull boar. All work and no play makes Boris a dull boar. All work and no play makes Boris a dull boar. All work and no play makes Boris a dull boar. All work and no play makes Boris a dull boar.
  9. 9. 7. Sweat - Perspire, using the body’s cooling and detox system Sweating is one of the best things that your body can do to help keep itself healthy. Home saunas are a hot new trend. Except they’re not new, by a loooonnnng shot. Scythians, Celts, Finns, Koreans, Romans, Greeks, Native Americans, Africans (and more) who have known about the healing power of sweating since the most ancient times. When you sweat, your body undergoes a series of processes that allow for the release of toxins and an increase in metabolism. Today, cancer clinics worldwide treat patients using high temperatures to kill cancer cells without damage to normal tissues. “Give me the power to create fever and I will cure any disease.” - Parmenides, 515-450 BC “Luck is a dividend of sweat. The more you sweat, the luckier you get.” - Ray Kroc 1902-1984 “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” - Thomas A. Edison, 1847-1931 “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success.” - Napoleon Hill, 1883-1970 Saunas...mud baths... Finally, some ancient wisdom that truly speaks to me
  10. 10. 8. Own it - Be accountable for what you think, say, do and want Personal accountability sounds like a drag...until you apply it. When you take 100 percent responsibility for holding yourself accountable, your performance, relationships and market value will soar. Focus on the things that are in your control, the things that can be influenced and changed by your actions, not about the things that are beyond your capacity to direct or alter. This summarizes important aspects of ancient Stoic wisdom, which encouraged the development of self-control, spiritual strength and being an unbiased thinker. You could say they were philosophers focused on what it means to be a stand-up guy. “You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.” --Irish proverb “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for something.” Prayer indeed is good, but while calling on the gods a man should himself lend a hand. - African proverb “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” - Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha, 500-420 BC - Hippocrates, 460-370 BC It is said that a healthy adult bore consumes each year one and a half times his own weight in other people's patience. -
  11. 11. 9. Share it - Allow someone to use or enjoy a skill or thing you possess The research is consistent: sharing is good for happiness and health. A Harvard Business School study found that giving money to someone else lifted well-being more than spending it on oneself. Preventative medicine professor Stephen Post writes that giving to others has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illness. Neuroeconomics researcher Paul Zak found that people who share and experience gratitude release oxytocin, a hormone known to relieve stress and improve immune function. Why? It builds trust, releases health-boosting hormones, increases positive social interaction with others, and promotes cooperation. Source: Jill Suttie, sharaeable.net “Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.” – Euripides, 480-406 BC “Doing good to others is not a duty. It is a joy, for it increases your own health and happiness.” -Zoroaster, 628-551 BC “I hold this as a rule of life: too much of anything is bad.” - Terence 185-159 BC A good heart is better than all the heads in the world. (Hoping the testy Hydra isn’t reading this.)
  12. 12. 10. Give thanks - Appreciate what you have The science of positive psychology tells us that being grateful for what one has—vs. a consumeroriented emphasis on what one wants—improves levels of energy, optimism, and empathy. People who keep weekly gratitude journals exercise more regularly, have fewer physical symptoms, feel better about their lives as compared to those who keep journals recording life’s stressors or neutral events. Daily discussion of gratitude results in higher reported levels of alertness, enthusiasm, determination, attentiveness, energy, and sleep quality. Grateful people also report lower levels of depression and stress, although they do not deny or ignore the negative aspects of life. “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106-43 BC “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.” - Aesop, 620-564 BC “Eat a live toad first thing in the morning and nothing worse can happen to you for the rest of the day.” – Unknown “Gratitude to gratitude always gives birth.” - Sophocles, 496-406 BC That, my friend, is false. I have lost many a warty friend via this rumor. "Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth."
  13. 13. http://tinyurl.com/ancient- game-of-you Tap into wisdom of the ages and ancestral connections to unlock your hidden potential. History’s greatest thinkers await you. Scientists agree that it is good for the brain to move away from uninspired, predictable thinking and push past the obvious. That’s why 500 BC is here. Move over IQ, EQ, FQ (Intelligence, Emotional & Fitness Quotients) Welcome to ‘UQ’ – the You Quotient – which inspired 500 BC’s Ancient Game of You, a fun, stimulating game that feeds your quest to live better.

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