Too Much of a Good Thing


For some strange reason, there are millions of us who believe that if a little of something is good for us, a lot would be even better. Sometimes, that is true, but frequently, it is not. For example, if a non-swimmer has fallen into water over his head, if you throw him one end of a rope, that’s good. If you throw him both ends of the rope, that’s bad.

In physical fitness, many people believe that if jogging 2 miles a day is good for you, 10 miles would be better. Many people believe that if one particular medication once a day is good for them, two should be twice as good. Disaster has been the result of that kind of thinking.

However, this is not true in all cases. If a little kindness and consideration are good, it’s true that a lot would be even better. It’s also true that if it is good to read for 20 minutes a day, it could be better to read three times that much, depending on schedule and interests.

Common sense and expert advice are important. In 1972, I needed to get on a sensible eating and exercise program, so I sought the advice of Dr. Ken Cooper of aerobics fame. He started me on a sound, research-based program. I followed his advice, and now, over a quarter-century later, I’m in better shape, and my energy level is measurably higher, than when I was 45 years old.

The word that goes jointly with common sense is “balance.” We need to have a balance in our lives if we are going to be able to get the maximum amount of enjoyment from life. Think about these things. Take this approach, and you’ll have something to smile about.

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