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I live life to maximize my own pleasure and happiness, and minimize pain, suffering, and doing without. Accordingly, I seek lots of whatever brings me pleasure: food, drink, material things, consumer goods, interactions with friends, sexual gratification, music, sports, games, gambling, recreational drug use, etc. (Note: In embracing “eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die,” some hedonists neglect their health.) I've taken to heart the following advice: "You only get one body. How well you care for it--or don’t care for it--makes a big difference in the length and quality of your life." (Note: Those who embrace this lesson--and opt for a healthy orientation--will need to take care of their body's immediate health needs and also educate themselves as to its long-term needs.)

WV Theme #28A: Hedonistic Orientation

WV Theme #28B: Healthy Orientation

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

--Alternate Concise Characterization with Wikipedia Entries

guided by immature feelings / Pleasure Principle follows latest nutritional guidelines, values Healthy Diet
values and seeks out Pleasure makes lifestyle changes based on Preventive Medicine
knowledgeable love of good food and drink / Epicureanism recognizes mind/body connection, values Health Psychology
finds pleasure in what some call victimless crimes values Physical Exercise

summary Wikipedia article: Hedonism 

summary Wikipedia article: Health

Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 1313 Numerical Characterization with TFJD code: 3212
Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 243 Numerical Characterization with Emotional Volatility VI index: 8

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More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #28A: Hedonistic Orientation

Paradox of Hedonism  (from online encyclopedia of philosophy)
Polyamory (from online encyclopedia)
Recreational Drug Use (from online encyclopedia)
Open Marriage Styles (from online encyclopedia)
Worldview Watch issue #25: posted 7/13/2012: The Worldview Behind The Rolling Stones' Music
Global Advanced Trait Description: Hedonism
How Pleasure Works, by Paul Bloom (book review by Robin Henig of this 2010 book in NY Times)
The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want by Sonja Lyubomirsky (more on this 2008 book from Amazon.com)
The Science of Pleasure, by Harvie Ferguson (read excerpts from this 1990 book at Google Books)
Hedonist International (website of group based in Europe)   click here to read their manifesto
The Hedonism Handbook: Mastering the Lost Arts of Leisure and Pleasure, by M. Flocker (book review)
Philosophical Dictionary: Hedonism
Ethical Hedonism and its Role in Personal Development
Wirehead Hedonism (website devoted to the future possibilities of abolishing suffering, creating blissful existence via tinkering with the brain, including intra cranial self stimulation)
The Naked Truth About Hedonism II -- book review of a humorous travel guide to Jamaica's very adult resort
Pleasure Deficit and the Brain's Reward Pathways
The Pleasure Principle: Connections Between Reward and Learning
"So What is the Secret to a Happy Life?" (from Happy Life Mentoring website)
The Scientific Pursuit of Happiness   (inspired by the Dalai Lama, Buddhism)
A Brief History of Nakedness by Philip Carr-Gomm (review of this 2010 book)
Sex, Hormones and Moods: Finding Pleasure at Any Age (2004 UCTV program)
The Pursuit of Happiness, by Michael Bond (article from New Scientist website)
How to Spend It ("a website of worldly pleasures from Financial Times")
"Happiness and Income" (report on global poll on how happy people are, from The Economist Nov 1 2014)
"Felix Dennis--An Obituary of a Hedonist and Media Magnate" (from The Economist July 5, 2014)
Movie Review  by A.O. Scott   (Dec 2013 NY York Times review of The Wolf of Wall Street,  a "bacchanal of sex, drugs and conspicuous consumption") 
"Human Body Distinguishes Between 'Hedonic' and 'Eudaimonic' Happiness on Molecular Level" by Tamara Kemsley (July 30 2013 report)
Tiny Times --a film about hedonism in urban China (article from The Economist July 20 2013)
"Can We Make Ourselves Happier?"
Amortality: Why It's No longer Necessary to Act Your Age by Catherine Mayer (Apr 25 2011 Time story)
Drink, by Wayne Curtis ("when good cocktails lead to grand adventures" article from The Atlantic, Nov 2009)
"Gourmet Groceries--for More!" by Joel Stein (article in Time April 14, 2008)
Food and Wine (website of magazine providing "inspiration served daily")
Cannabis News (providing news about marijuana from around the world)
The Good Drugs Guide (website providing a "guide to drugs, addiction, and treatment")
Hedonism in Religious Conceptions of Heaven (notes and links to articles) 
Pleasure (Biblical perspective)
What Are We Seeking?  (spiritual path perspective)
Social Hedonism / Utilitarianism
Varieties of  Egoism and Hedonism (philosophy course handout)
quotes related to pleasure

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #28B: Healthy Orientation

Nutrition (from online encyclopedia)
Medicine (from online encyclopedia)
WebMD ("better information, better health")
Worldview Watch #24: Unvaccinated Children, Public Health, and Worldviews
Worldview Watch #11: Soda Taxes to Fight Obesity and Raise Revenue 
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
The Government on Health: A to Z index (sponsored by USA NIH)
National Health Information Center
The National Health Service--Your Health, Your Choices (home page of England's NHS) 
Center for Medical Consumers ("working to protect your rights--helping you make informed decisions")
National Women's Health Resource Center
Food and Nutrition Information Center  (from USDA)
Nutrition and Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans
MedlinePlus: Nutrition (in general this US NIH sponsored site offers "trusted health information for you")
National Patient Advocate Foundation ("the patient's voice")
"Do I Have to Stop Eating Processed Meat? Key Questions About WHO Group Report" by Maggie Fox  (on NBC News Oct 26 2015)

"Anthropology: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" (report on how long our distant ancestors slept from The Economist October 17 2015)

"Thirty Minutes of Exercise is Key to Health in Old Age" (May 15 2015 news report on long-term study involving thousands of people) 

"Treatments to Stop Alzheimer's Step Closer as Scientists Discover Inhibitor Molecule" (report from Medical News Today Feb 18 2015)
"10 ways to eat and drink your way to a better brain" by Jason Kane  (report on PBS News Hour website January 6 2014)
"Sleep Cleans the Brain of Toxins" by James Gallagher (October 17 2013 BBC News report)
"Increased Dementia Risk Linked to Higher Blood Sugar Levels" by Rina Shah (Aug 10 2013 news report on National Monitor website)
"The Perils of Sitting Down: Standing Orders" ( article from The Economist Aug 10 2013)
"Anti-Cancer Drug Reverses Alzheimer's Disease In Mice"  ( May 25 2013 report on Medical News Today website)
"Gene Test May Help Guide Prostate Cancer Treatment" by Marilynn Marchione (May 8 2013 news report from AP medical writer)
"Red Meat Chemical 'Damages Heart', say US Scientists" by James Gallagher (Apr 7 2013 BBC News article)
"Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills are Killing Us" by Steven Brill (Feb 20 2013 Time cover story)
"Study: Diet Soda Increases Risk of Diabetes" by Lylah Alphonse (Feb 2013 Yahoo News report)
"Blood Pressure Drugs May Also Reduce Dementia Risk" by Janice Lloyd  (news report from Jan 2013 USA Today)
"Psychosomatic Medicine: Think Yourself Well" (news re research from report The Economist Dec 8 2012)
"Epigenetics and Health: Grandma's Curse" (news re research report from The Economist Nov 3 2012)
"Can It: Soda Studies Cite Stronger Link to Obesity" by Sharon Begley (September 21 2012 news story on Reuters)
"Tiny Proportion of Americans Practice Seven Heart Healthy Habits" (Mar 2012 report from Medical News Today)
"Is Preventive Medicine Actually Overtreatment?" (Feb 2012 NPR review of book Overdiagnosed by Gilbert Welch)
Culinary Intelligence by Peter Kaminsky (review of this 2012 book on "eating healthy and really well")
"More Support for Passing on the Red Meat" by Genevra Pittman (from The Chicago Tribune March 2012)
Adverse Events in Hospitals May be Ten Times Greater Than Previously Measured (2011 medical journal article)
20 Tips to Help Prevent Medical Errors--A Patient Fact Sheet (from US Dept of Health & Human Services)
Online Hospital Compare Tool (from US Dept of Health & Human Services)
"Exercise and Longevity: Worth All the Sweat" (article from The Economist Jan 21 2012 issue)
"What's the Single Best Exercise?" by Gretchen Reynolds (article from NY Times April 15 2011)
"Is Sugar Toxic?" by Gary Taubes (lengthy, authoritative article from NY Times April 13 2011)
Eating Made Simple, by Marion Nestle (September 2007 Scientific American article by nutritionist)
Nutrition News from the Harvard School of Public Health
Preventing Heart Disease -- from the UC Berkeley Wellness Newsletter
"Prostate Cancer and Acetaminophen Use" (abstract of 2011 research report)
"Social Relationships and Mortality Risk" (2010 research paper on effect of loneliness on mortality, on PLoS) 
Everyday Choices for a Healthier Life
Prevention Magazine
Partnership for Prevention (dedicated to disease prevention and advocating for health promotion policies)
American Heart Association
American Cancer Society
National Cancer Institute -- Cancer Topics
National Mental Health Association
National Institute of Mental Health
American College of Preventive Medicine
U.S. Health Care Costs (report from Kaiser Family Foundation) 
Overdosed America, by John Abramson (the website for this 2004 book by doctor)
Health and Medicine--Most Popular Programs (links to hundreds of UCTV programs on this topic)
"Smoking Explains Why Americans Don't Live Longer" by Maggie Fox (Jan 25 2011 news story)
"Alzheimer's Unlocked by Alice Park" (cover story in Time October 14 2010)
"Taxing Sodas for a Healthier Economy" by Barbara Kiviat (article in  Time Magazine July 12 2010)
"Study: Doctors Don't Always Spot Depression" by John Cloud  (Time July 30 2009)
"This Doctor Does Not Want to See You," by Alice Park (article about preventive medicine in Time Jun 17 2009)
"Faith and Healing: A Forum," by Alice Park (part of cover story How Faith Can Heal in Time Feb 23 2009)
"Living Large," by Alice Park (cover story about health effects of obesity in children in Time June 23 2008
"Eat Your Germs," by Sanjay Gupta (article about probiotic foods in Time April 7 2008)
"Health: Why Women Need Better Sleep," by Alice Park (article in Time March 31 2008)
"Mandatory Health," by Lisa T. Cullen (article about a great new idea in Time March 24 2008)
"Stuck on the Couch," by Sanjay Gupta (article about benefits of exercise in Time March 3 2008)
"Health: A Good Night Sleep," by Alice Park (article about benefits of sleep in Time December 17 2007)
"The Science of Appetite," by Jeffrey Kluger (cover story in Time June 11 2007)
Fantastic Voyage: The Science Behind Radical Life Extension, by R. Kurzweil and T. Grossman  
Preventing Stress Through a Healthy Lifestyle
Global Advanced Trait Description: Physical Fitness
People's Pharmacy
quotes related to health

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