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Healthy Reading: WellTH, by Jason Wachob

Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume

Written by the budding entrepreneur of MindBodyGreen, WellTH is a biography of Wachob’s journey to build a life for himself, rather than a resume and portfolio. We can all agree there is an underlying pressure to ‘do it all’ at, what feels like, the cost of our happiness—to show our accomplishments and achievements, and to have high paying careers, in offices. With the growth of social media into our everyday lives we tend to compare ourselves to who we believe are ‘happy’ people. The younger generation has become caught up with having a big resume, owning lots of things, and winning that big job.

WellTH is broken down into sections, each covering Wachob’s personal experiences through eating, movement, relationships, work etc. This book was written from a viewpoint of unlearning what we thought was the necessary route to happiness. Using himself, and his own experiences as a guide, Wachob teaches us that we can move, work, explore, breath, feel, heal and love in a way we have not known. We don’t have to follow the mainstream idealizations, that often leave people feeling empty and unhappy.

On the topic of eating, Wachob uncovers his history with trying different diets, which many of us health-conscious people typically experience. Although he has tried a variety of eating combinations, Wachob concludes that no particular way of eating works for everyone, and that we should be avoiding sugar (for obvious reasons). He talks about diet dogma and the impact of the dietary industry, as a whole, on our health.

Wachob also talks about love and finding our soul mates. He discusses the different types of soul mates we may encounter, and how to know we have found ‘the one’-

He or she is the one that makes you better, the one that allows you to be your true self and to feel comfortable in a way you probably felt only when you were a small child

Wachob discusses several ways to connect with your partner. To be mindful in relationships, and have rituals to make the connection between you and partner stronger. Overall great advice, given the way the younger generation currently views relationships. It’s easy to stop nurturing those we love, and this is a reminder that it takes a great deal of work.

Throughout the book, Wachob also discusses money management, work, movement, breath, and being thankful, through practicing gratification. The overall take-away message from this book is that we are only as ‘wellthy’ as what we invest in ourselves. If we get caught up in the rat race of trying to make money, trying to have the perfect relationship, big house, and so on, we will not find true happiness. It is in these endeavors that we neglect our spiritual, physical, and emotional health—which should be our top priority for fulfilled internal happiness. It gives the reader a basic foundation on how to nurture one’s life in a way to bring about greater peace and happiness.

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