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1. HEALTH. Health is the general condition of the mind and body.  If a person’s mind and body are vigorous and the mind is open, joyful, and inspired, likely the person is in good health. 

2. Overview of conditions that affect health. Good health depends on numerous social elements and environmental elements being optimal.  Such social elements include living in a well-functioning family and having deep friendships; having a healthy daily routine; being in a healthy economic situation (having adequate food, clothing, shelter, tools, art); useful and hands-on education (learn to be capable and sustainable, discover connections); having enough freedoms; engaging in art and creativity; and having morals and spiritual qualities (kindness, honesty, courage, etc.) and practical values.  Such environmental elements include clean drinking water; unpolluted air to breathe; the fertility of soil and the vigor of habitats to provide people with natural resources for food, clothes, shelter, tools, and art); and the vigor of habitats to supply people with serenity, excitement, inspiration, and a deep culture.  Everything is connected to everything; thus, optimal health is most likely achieved when everything is optimal, when all social elements and all environmental elements are optimal. 

3. GOOD HEALTH. Various examples of doing things and experiencing things to help promote good health.A person is likely in good health if his or her body functions adequately and his or her mind is alert, joyful, and inspired. Living with morals, expressing spiritual qualities, and having deep friendships & kinships help keep one’s mind alert, inspired, joyful, and good-humored. Hiking in the natural outdoors with family and friends helps keep the body in good shape and kinships & friendships in good shape. A daily routine helps keep the body and mind vigorous, for instance, if it includes getting enough exercise, getting enough rest, and spending enough time outdoors to be excited, to relax, and to be inspired; a balance of work, rest, and play. A favorable economic situation would be having the natural resources (such as clean water, fertile soil, and thriving habitats) from which to hunt, gather, and or grow adequate food; and having the natural resources to have the materials for adequate clothes, shelter, tools and art. Food is most nutritious when it is fresh; so locally-grown food is best and food that you prepare yourself is best. Adequate simple clothes, shelter, and tools are good enough; extravagant clothes, shelter, and tools are not necessary, and are perhaps even a hindrance to health, to the economy, and to local natural resources. Simple local natural materials are enough to create deep and inspirational artwork. The best works of art is the mind using simple materials to creatively make deeply meaningful art. The outdoors is vast and exciting; and thriving habitats are fascinating and complex. The outdoors is a place of ceaseless inspiration for art, culture, fun, joy, kindness, friendships, kinships, wisdoms and comprehension of connections, and even spiritual thinking. (For example, tribal leaders, Confucius, and Jesus went out into the wilderness to think, to discover, to gain understanding, and to be inspired. Even scientists, artists, and musicians go outdoors in hopes of arriving at a eureka moment. Beethoven was on an outdoor walk while he suddenly thought of the famous tune in the first 5 measures in his 5th symphony.) The flourishing natural outdoors is a big, open, complex space; being immersed in such a marvelous space helps to open, broaden, deepen, and enrich one’s mind. A useful and inspiring education is necessary for the health of mind and body. A healthy person is practical, capable, helpful to his local community, can be self-sufficient, understands the social and environmental connections, knows how to live sustainably, and engages in and shapes culture. An adequate education assists a person in actively and directly achieving health, a wisdom of connections, a broad range of useful skills (an ability to make food, clothes, shelter, tools, and art), helpfulness to the local community (family, friends, and local habitats), self-sufficiency, and a sustainable lifestyle. Freedom is required to be healthy. A person needs to be free enough and autonomous enough to have enough time to do the many healthy things: to have deep kinships and deep friendship; to laugh and be joyful; to be inspired and to be moral; to daily exercise, rest, and play; to make food, clothes, shelter, tools, art, and culture; to gather, grow, protect, and celebrate the local natural resources from which food, clothes, shelter, tools, art, and culture are made; to be educated with sustainable skills and wisdoms; and to connect with local society, local culture, and the local outdoors. While everything is mostly in good condition, society is generally healthy and vice versa. Everything connects to everything; thus, health is related to all social elements (economy, school, government, art, values, etc.), culture, and all natural elements (habitats, plants, animals, water, ground, air, etc.).

4. POOR HEALTH. Various examples of doing things and experiencing things that likely promote poor health. Likely, a person's health is extremely poor if all the elements are in dire conditions; for instance, if: grandparents, parents, and children are separated from each other for the bulk of most days; families spend a lot of time away from home each day; most daily schedules are too hectic; many people professional jobs, most of which are boring; the extreme divisions of labor make most careers too narrow; school generally gives wasteful tedious busywork; many people spend too much time in tiny, mind-numbing, depressing, indoor spaces; many people lack enough freedom to have the time to do enough exercising, being outdoors, relaxing, and resting; many people lack enough time to have deep friendships; many people lack enough time to prepare food in a nutritious way; many people lack enough time to adequately engage in art; intelligence is reduced to fragmented trivia; fame, money, career, vain fashions, reckless parties, and shopping become more important than kinship, friendships, health, spiritual qualities, and sustainability; and the drinking water has toxic chemicals, the air is polluted, habitats are destroyed, and natural resources are depleted so that there is not enough for food, clothes, shelter, and tools.  Everything is connected to everything; thus, if many people are in poor health (if they are bored, depressed, narrow-minded, and destructive to themselves and others), likely many elements are in poor condition as well.  If many elements are in poor condition, it’s logical that many people are in poor health.  If many things are dire: freedoms are lacking, deep friendships are lacking, education is fragmented and useless, culture is shallow, food lacks nutrition, the daily routine is hectic and boring, water and air is polluted, there’s famine, biodiversity decreases, and habitats are destroyed, it’s no wonder that many people’s health is poor.  Everything is connected; it’s no wonder that societies around the globe have many health problems: boredom and depression, stress, drug abuse, violent crimes, sexually transmitted diseases, obesity and malnutrition in the USA, famine, poverty and homelessness, etc.  

5. IMPROVE HEALTH. Various examples of doing things and experiencing things that will likely help improve health. If health is poor, improving health has a lot to do with improving all the social and environmental elements.  Health will likely improve, for instance: as grandparents, parents, and children spend more time together at their home and in the local outdoors; as the daily routine becomes less hectic; as education becomes more practical and focuses less on trivial things; as kinship and friendships deepen; as each family makes their own food in a nutritious way; as local societies make their own necessities; as people learn how to make a broad range of necessities (food, clothes, shelter, tools, art) for themselves; as freedoms and autonomy increase; as people spend more time connecting with the natural outdoors for wisdom, inspiration, excitement, and relaxation; as water and air become less polluted; as soil organically becomes more fertile; as biodiversity increases; and as habitats and ecosystems flourish again.

Everything connects to everything; thus, health is related to all social elements (economy, school, government, art, values, etc.), culture, and all natural elements (habitats, plants, animals, water, ground, air, etc.).


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Sustainable Design Supports Health:

A landscape architecture firm in Three Oaks, in Southwest Michigan. The firm’s mission includes designing each landscape with multiple purposes: each landscape to be beneficial to society and nature and to be beneficial, beautiful and enticing, useful, and engaging to the people who use it. Also, the firm’s mission includes helping to improve people’s health by designing landscapes in which people can exercise, play, relax, gain inspiration and wisdom, develop skills and creativity, and experience excitement, serenity, and beauty.

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