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June 29, 2009

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you probably know that true health is more than just eating fruits, veggies whole grains and exercising. Being healthy also involves nurturing your relationships, having a career that you love and having a spiritual practice. You might have loving relationships, a good career, a spiritual practice, exercise that you love and a healthy diet, but there is one thing that you are most likely missing. There is one key ingredient that no other health expert will tell you about: being bad.

In our loving relationships, fulfilling jobs or diet, many of us try too hard to please others. Can you relate? When we do this we end up sacrificing what we really want.

Being bad doesn’t mean robbing a bank or hurting someone, but rather something smaller that frees you from your everyday responsibilities. Think about what this might be for you. For some people being bad might be deleting unread emails or speaking up for themselves. Does that sound freeing to you? You might even go as far as playing hooky from work.

This exercise can be really challenging for people, so start slowly. Take a moment now and write down three things you want to do this week to practice being bad. Just start writing. What activities make you smile and feel a sense of relief?

The purpose of this exercise is to put you back in charge of your life and to remain true to your core beliefs. There’s nothing more health promoting than that.

Share your ideas with others.

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.