The Truth about the Relationship Between
Health and Wealth
When money is lost, a
little is lost.
When time is lost, much more is lost.
When health is lost, practically everything is lost.
And when creative spirit is lost, there is nothing left.
— from 101 Really Important Things You Already Know, But Keep
Money, generally speaking, can’t buy what your heart truly desires nor can it buy what you can’t
Yet what your heart truly desires and many things you can’t see are fundamental to being happy.
In this group you can list peace of mind, love, job satisfaction, and spiritual fulfillment. Many rich people
don’t have these elements of happiness and, regardless of their financial prominence, they can’t buy these
Even health can’t be bought. No doubt financial might can provide better quality healthcare,
particularly in the United States, where public healthcare is not universal as it is in Canada.
He who enjoys good health is rich, though he knows it
— Italian proverb
Even so there are those who dispute that money alone can buy better healthcare and
a longer life. Not so long ago The World Health Organization, (WHO) released figures on health and life
expectancy. The United States was shown to be the biggest spender at around $3,700 per person per
These numbers would indicate that the US is doing well as compared to the rest of the
world. No so. the US came in a disappointing 24th compared with the rest of the world.
Don't take good health for granted.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
In comparison, the Middle Eastern country of Oman spends only $330 per person on health, but
ranks a high eighth on the list. Christopher Murray, director of WHOs Global Program on Evidence for Health Policy
sums it up by saying "It is not more money for health, it is more health for the money."
Incidentally Japan had the longest life expectancy at 74.5 years. Overall, Japan,
Australia, France, Sweden, Spain and Italy enjoy the longest, healthiest lives.
In short, once you destroy great health, you can’t buy it back. Right living including having
enjoyable work — and not the almighty dollar — is key to great health.
Health and Wealth
Gold that buys health can never be ill spent.
— John Webster
A lot of people lose their health trying to become wealthy, and then lose
their wealth trying to get back their health..
— Unknown Wise Person
When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest, strength cannot fight, wealth
becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be applied.
It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.
— Dave Barry
I wish for you a life of wealth, health and happiness; a life in which you give to yourself the gift of
patience, the virtue of reason, the value of knowledge, and the influence of faith in your own ability to
dream about and achieve worthy rewards.
— Jim Rohn
Fond of lawsuits, little wealth; fond of doctors, little health.
— Hebrew proverb
Money, achievement, fame, and success are important, but
they are bought too dearly when acquired at the cost of health.
— Author Unknown
To get rich never risk your health. For it is the truth that health is the wealth of wealth.
— Richard Baker
Those who ignore health in the pursuit of wealth ususally wind up losing
— Author Unknown
Money cannot buy health, but I'd settle for a diamond-studded wheelchair.
— Dorothy Parker
Prescription for Life-Long
Purpose enough for satisfaction;
Work enough for sustenance;
Sanity enough to know when to play and rest;
Money enough for basic needs;
Affection enough to like many and love a few;
Self-respect enough to love yourself;
Charity enough to give to others in need;
Courage enough to face difficulties;
Creativity enough to solve problems;
Humor enough to laugh at will;
Hope enough to expect an interesting tomorrow;
Gratitude enough to appreciate what you have;
Health enough to enjoy life for all its worth.
— from the
book How to
Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
Money is to my social existence what health is to my body.
— Mason Cooley
Money isn't everything, your health is the other ten per cent.
— Lillian Day
Money is the most envied, but the least enjoyed. Health is the most
enjoyed, but the least envied.
— Charles Caleb Colton
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and
— Benjamin Franklin
Early to bed and early to rise makes a person dull, boring, and
— from the book How to
Retire Happy, Wild, and Free
I don't want to be the richest man in the graveyard.
— Song by Ben Kerr (Toronto busker, who did have a real job for over two decades)
Too many desires harm the mind; to desire much money harms the body.
— Chinese proverb
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
"Improving the health, well-being, and safety of America."
- Health Canada : Health Canada is
the Canadian Federal Government's department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve
their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.
- Health.com: Health.com is produced by
editors and journalists dedicated to delivering accurate, trusted, up-to-date health and medical
information, for consumers. The website focuses on problem-solving content to help you make
decisions during complicated, stressful times.
- National Health Information Center: The
Health Information Resource Database includes 1,400 organizations and government offices that provide health
information upon request. Entries include contact information, short abstracts, and information about
publications and services the organizations provide.
: Retirement Advice Relating to health in retirement including why
health in retirement is the best retirement gift that you can give yourself and how to cycle your
way to better retirement health.
- National Institutes of Health: NIH is the
nation’s medical research agency — making important medical discoveries that improve health and save
lives. The National Institutes of Health, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the
primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
- Yahoo Health: Everyday Wellness Topics include
Alternative Medicine, Back Pain, Cold & Flu, Managing Health Care, and Sleep Problems.
- AARP Health: AARP Health features
retirement information about healthy retirement living, health insurance, medicare and medicaid, doctors and
- Healthoopedia: This website is a medical and health consumer
information resource containing comprehensive and unbiased information in patient-friendly language from
trusted sources on over 1,500 health topics, 70 focussed health centers, and more than 11,000 drugs and
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General Quotes about
Self-abuse is the most certain road to the grave.
— Dr. George M. Calhoun in 1855
Keep away from physicians. It is all probing and guessing and pretending
with them. They leave it to Nature to cure in her own time, but they take the credit. As well as very fat
— Anthony Burgess
Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of
disease or infirmity.
— Constitution. The World Health
People who don't know how to keep themselves healthy ought to have the
decency to get themselves buried, and not waste time about it.
— Henrik Ibsen
The two best things I ever did for my health was quit smoking and get fired from my last real job, never
to return to another.
— from Career Success WITHOUT a Real Job
Quit worrying about your health. It'll go away.
— Robert Orben
Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of
— Redd Foxx
Never hurry. Take plenty of exercise. Always be cheerful. Take all the sleep you need. You may expect to
— James Freeman Clarke
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