• Cecilia Macaulay

52 old-fashioned ways to build wellness, and the scholarly evidence behind them

Updated: Jul 17



When I'm feeling frightened by life, you can calm me down with this poem. More accurately, I'm calmed by standing up and doing one of the actions it reminds me to do.


'The Whirl of Wellness' is science, hidden in a cute, greeting-card style poem. Its author is the Professor of Wellness, Dr. Marc. If you are sceptical of these lightweight-looking claims, click on the links to see the scholarly articles, and discover the evidence behind why having this much fun is good for you. As Permaculture teaches us, the skills of skepticism are very much worth practicing, for an interdependent, self-directed life.


The Whirl of Wellness

or How to go from 'Wired and Tired' to 'Chilled and Fulfilled'

by Dr Marc Cohen

Hold someone’s hand, gaze into their eyes

Go barefoot in nature, bask in sunrise

Choose a dance partner, go find your groove

Do tai chi or yoga, mindfully move

Share a massage, enjoy healing touch

Focus on one thing and don’t think too much

Make time for a hobby, play chess, fly a kite

Make use of your hands, draw, paint, sew or write

Help someone in need, donate to a cause

Play games, meditate, read stuff from bookstores

Turn off your screens, get a good sleep


De-clutter, spark joy, love what you keep

Dig around in a garden, pick up a guitar

Slip into a bathtub, sauna, or spa

Care for a pet, take up a sport


Go on vacation, make your home a resort

Lie in a hammock, release pent-up stress

Relax and do nothing, then do even less

Laugh out loud, share a joke, give someone a kiss

Say a prayer, chant a mantra, follow your bliss


About the Author: Dr. Marc went a bit overboard, when it comes to being qualified in wellness. He is a practicing GP with PhD's in Chinese medicine and Systems engineering. He is a Professor with over 100 original peer reviewed papers, and he created the Master of Wellness program at RMIT in Melbourne. He lives in a Permaculture edible garden, created by his mates though an endless series of parties. Dr. Marc walks his talk.


All that education, and the conclusion is that the things that make us strong are the things our hearts desired all along.


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