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Getting Healthy

Ray’s Daily

April 13, 2021


He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.

Arabian proverb

I am hibernating for a few days as my upper tooth bridge is being repaired. Since I will be staying in my apartment until I get the bridge back I think I will rewstart some healthy habits. That’s the plan anyway.

Many years ago I sent the following abriged article to some of my senior friends. I already have implemented the sleep component and am thinking about the others.

Five Components of Good Health (and Easy Ways to Achieve Them

By Judi Sheppard Missett

Want to look and feel better? Who doesn’t? It may be easier than you think if you pay attention to what I call the “Big 5” — five areas of your life that have a tremendous impact your health, but which you can easily influence.

Diet/Nutrition – Don’t fall prey to the latest diet fad. Fill your menus with lean meats, omega-3-rich fish, whole grains, nuts, low-fat dairy products and a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Meanwhile, limit your intake of processed and packaged foods that are high in refined sugars and fats.

Regular Checkups – Visit your physician annually for an exam. It’s the best way to stay abreast of your health and keep current on important screenings for cancer, heart disease, diabetes and other life-threatening conditions. Likewise, don’t skip your semi-annual dental cleanings and exams. And if you’re a woman, be sure to do a monthly breast self-exam!

Relaxation – Don’t underestimate the power of relaxation! Chronic stress increases the risk of hypertension, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, ulcers, neck or low back pain, insomnia and depression. Fortunately, there are several ways to relax and reduce stress. Try:

  • Designating 20 minutes each day for “you'” time. Spend it alone reading, soaking in a hot bath, stretching or meditating.
  • Getting a massage.
  • Playing with your children.
  • Going to a comedy club or funny movie with a friend.
  • Taking a walk in the woods.

Sleep – We live in a sleep-deprived society. Most individuals do not get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep each night. Your body needs this time to rejuvenate, and when you skimp on this investment it impairs your ability to think, handle stress, maintain a healthy immune system and moderate your emotions. Recent studies have linked lack of sleep with weight gain as well.

Exercise – Chances are you know the many benefits of exercise, both physical and emotional, but they are worth repeating. Regular aerobic and strength training will reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer, osteoporosis and diabetes. Studies also indicate that exercise reduces stress, improves self-esteem and can help alleviate depression.


Three things in life – your health, your mission, and the people you love. That’s it.

Naval Ravikant


After experiencing difficulties with his computer, a poor, incognizant user called the system maker’s technical support line for assistance…

Technician: Hello. How can I help you today?

Customer: There’s smoke coming from the power supply on my computer…

Technician: Looks like you need a new power supply…

Customer: No, I don’t! I just need to change the startup files…

Technician: Sir, what you described is a faulty power supply. You need to replace it…

Customer: No way! Someone told me that I just had to change the system startup files to fix the problem! All I need is for you to tell me the right command…

For the next ten minutes, in spite of the technician’s efforts to explain the problem and its solution, the customer adamantly insisted that he was right. So, in frustration, the technician responded…

Technician: I’m sorry. We don’t normally tell our customers this, but there’s an undocumented DOS command that will fix the problem…

Customer: I knew it!

Technician: Just add the line ‘LOAD NOSMOKE.DLL’ at the end of the CONFIG file and everything should work fine. Let me know how it goes…

About ten minutes later, the technician received a call back from the customer…

Customer: It didn’t work. The power supply is still smoking…

Technician: Well, what version of Windows are you using?

Customer: Windows XP…

Technician: Well, that’s your problem. That version of Windows doesn’t include NOSMOKE. You’ll need to contact Microsoft and ask them for a patch. Let me know how it all works out…

When nearly an hour had passed, the phone rang again…

Customer: I need a new power supply…

Technician: How did you come to that conclusion?

Customer: Well, I called Microsoft and told the technician what you said, and he started asking me questions about the make of the power supply…

Technician: What did he tell you?

Customer: He said my power supply isn’t compatible with NOSMOKE…


“A computer once beat me at chess, but it was no match for me at kick boxing.”

Emo Philips


Defendant: Judge, I want you to appoint me another lawyer.  

Judge: And why is that?  

Defendant: Because the Public Defender isn’t interested in my case.  

Judge (to Public Defender): Do you have any comments on the defendant’s motion?  

Public Defender: I’m sorry, Your Honor, what did you say?  


“Ahhh. A man with a sharp wit. Someone ought to take it away from him before he cuts himself.”

Peter da Silva


Shirley:  They say that with age comes wisdom.

Mary:  Maybe; but since impotence and incontinence also come with age, it hardly seems like a fair trade-off.


“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.”

Robert Frost


A guest at dinner noticed the small family dog looking hungrily at every bite she took. Finally she took a small piece of meat from her plate and held it up for him.

“Speak!” she said to the dog.

The dog says, “Under the circumstances, I hardly know what to say!”


Doctors won’t make you healthy. Nutritionists won’t make you slim. Teachers won’t make you smart. Gurus won’t make you calm. Mentors won’t make you rich. Trainers won’t make you fit. Ultimately, you have to take responsibility. Save yourself.

Naval Ravikant


Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

Ray’s Daily has been sent for more than twenty years to people who want to start their day on an upbeat. If you have system overload because of our daily clutter, let me know and I will send you the information via mental telepathy. If you have not been getting our daily you can request to be added by e-mailing me at raykiwsp@comcast.net. Back issues are posted at http://rays-daily,com/ currently there are hundreds of  readers from around the world.


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