Take a deep breath. Look around.
How's the view? Do you like what you see?
Are you living the life you envisioned for yourself or are you still dreaming of something else, something more?...
Are you struggling to break free from your everyday habits of life to make it happen?
Through the careful nurturing and implementation of the 'Four Pillars of Health', we can give ourselves a true opportunity to reach more of our potential, to realise our dreams...
Your brain possesses a remarkable ability to heal, grow, and rise to the challenges placed on it throughout your lifetime. In medical terms, this quality is known as neuroplasticity, a wonderful attribute that affords us the opportunity to enhance our psychological health at any stage of our lives. Because we have this facility, I like to use the term ‘psychological fitness’ to remind us that, just as with our physical fitness, we can train our brains to better meet the needs of our lives.
The essence of great emotional health is a strong sense of contentment, fulfilment and overall life satisfaction. Emotions are the heartbeat of your thoughts, allowing you to feel what you are thinking, determine what you pay attention to and how you make decisions. Positive emotion doesn’t just feel good – it’s allows you to be more successful in life ( whether you judge success by your achievements, relationships, creativity, energy or your health).
The word spirituality is derived from the Latin word spiritus, meaning breath; an accurate illustration of just how vital spirituality is to individual wellbeing. I compare spiritual health to soulful connectivity, as it is the conduit between our inner selves and our outer lives; and as such, when nurtured, can lead to inner peace, feelings of purpose, and a sense of possibility.
As a medical doctor, I fully appreciate just how wonderful the gift of good health is. And somewhat ironically, how so many people take their health for granted unless or until they lose it, when they will spend unlimited amounts of time trying to get their health back. When I talk about the ‘golden egg’ of great physical health; its because I believe that your health is priceless, your greatest asset. Supporting you in thinking, feeling and being at your best, each and every day.
The word legacy reminds me of the rich potential that life contains. An invitation to begin with the end in mind, to press the pause button and take time to reflect on the following questions:
How can you begin to make more of a difference in the lives of others?
How great might you be if you could learn how to silence your inner fears?
How can you become more of a leader in your own wellbeing?
How do you want to be remembered?
Legacy all starts with your thinking. What you choose to think about and feel influences who you are and who you become. The one thing you can change and control for certain is the attitude you bring to each and every day. Life is brief and precious, and it's all about the little things - those small acts of kindness and appreciation, the small 1% wins, .. all the choices, habits and actions that add up to make you the person you are today, and the person you will become tomorrow.
It's not possible to go back to the start and begin again ..but it is possible to start now today and create a brand new ending ... a legacy that endures.
Release the best possible version of yourself
Michelangelo once described how, when sculpting his Renaissance masterpieces, he would begin with the large block of marble and steadily chip away at everything that wasn’t part of the finished piece.
Just as you have the same opportunity to chip away at those habits that are currently holding you back, to let go of limiting self-beliefs, to face your fears and focus on positivity and possibility rather than pessimism. The prize – to become the best possible version of YOU – which is a masterpiece.
Transform your thinking, expand your happiness, reach more of your potential and achieve even greater levels of success (by whatever means you want to define success, whether it’s by the quality of your relationships, your accomplishments , creativity, energy or your health).
The secret is to focus all your energy not on fighting the old but on creating the new’
Gift yourself enhanced emotional fulfilment and contentment, powerful psychological fitness, spiritual strength and physical vitality. And why not now? I suggest it’s never too late to become the person you were meant to be. Don’t postpone or procrastinate for even one more day. Start now being that person : that creative force of good, that friend, employer, mentor or parent. Every day brings a new dawn, every day the possibility of integrating the four pillars (emotional, psychological, spiritual and physical) of your health producing a new energy allowing you to think feel and act at your best – a wonderful Journey of Transformation.
In this video courtesy of Waterford County Matters, Dr. Mark discusses the Waterford Health Park as well as his philosophy for wellness
RTE Morning Edition Interview
Dr. Mark speaks about his ‘Prescription for Happiness’ tour in this morning edition interview. Footage courtesy of RTE.
Untap your true potential
A clip from Dr. Rowe’s Prescription for Happiness Modern medicine emphasises the pill for every ill – the sticking plaster solution – when strengthening the foundations of our physical and mental health is what’s most needed; the preventative stitch in time to save nine! Dr Mark Rowe, an Irish family doctor for 20 years, has integrated new insights from evidence-based positive psychology with conventional medical practice and the timeless truths of philosophy. The result: a new model for health based on emotional vitality, psychological fitness, robust relationships as well as the golden egg of great physical health. Join Mark for a stimulating and entertaining evening and walk away with a tool kit for meaning and wellbeing – a prescription for cultivating inner happiness.
Dr. Mark has written two books, a Prescription for Happiness and The Men's Health Book, both of which will soon be available to purchase here on this website.
Andy Crowley, Managing Director, TEVA pharmaceuticals
I am very fortunate to be working with a great bunch of colleagues and it is good to be able to offer them a presentation like yours that has the power to enrich their lives. We got really positive feedback… now to put it into action.
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