I am always fascinated by new insights that challenge current perceptions. I make a conscious effort to not let my reflexive defenses rise when I run into that moment of “all that I knew to be true about something is actually false.” Academics call this a paradigm shift. I call it “a blinding flash of the obvious.” And don’t you find that the truth does have a ring to it? That common sense burns through all the blah, blah, blah noise of the day. You want to slap yourself on the head and say, “Of course, what was I thinking?”
Being a C+ Student, I am privileged to experience these massive jolts in my belief system more often and in better stride than my brainiac peers. I am completely open to the concept that I may be wrong. And it just happened again when I read the article, “The Likely Cause of Addiction Has Been Discovered, and It Is Not What You Think.”
This story was about the real reason for addictions, and what the likely cure is. But it could have just as easily been about why wellness programs don’t work, and what will make them work. When it comes down to it, community, friendship, and social contact is the gold standard. Everything else is a shell game. In the pursuit of personal health, it isn’t important what you do, it’s important you don’t go it alone.
Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.