Healthy living: Take care of yourself
How it’s linked to joy: “The first wealth is health,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson. By that measure, Janet Lansigan, who passionately pursues a life of “clean living,” is a wealthy woman indeed. Everything she buys—from food to makeup to household products—is organic. She’s so committed to good nutrition that she went back to school at age 47 for two years to become a registered holistic nutritionist, and is currently enrolled in a course to become a certified raw-food chef.
“For me, feeling joyous means nourishing my body in a healthy way,” says Lansigan, who also does a moksha hot yoga class and a 21/2 hour guided meditation every week.
How we lose it: Lansigan’s wake-up call to take better care of her health came when her father died of liver cancer in 1996. Her mother committed suicide three years later, still unable to cope with the death of her husband.
Months after the loss of her parents, she recommitted to a healthy lifestyle. “People lose sight of themselves and focus on their emotional pain or the stress of their job. They just mindlessly eat and run and don’t think about self-care.”
How to reclaim it: Lansigan’s recipe is simple: “First, eat real food. Then, move. Then, look inside to consider what really brings you joy – and just do it.”