Health & Spirit

Small Moves and Big Government: Well-Being Matters in 2018

Marilynn Preston on

INSIGHT NO. 2: TIME TO DO WHAT EVERY OTHER CIVILIZED NATION DOES. I live several months a year on a small island in the Aegean and have the good fortune of having friends who are citizens of Greece, France, Sweden, Holland, Italy, Germany, Belgium, England and other countries.

Why am I telling you this? Because none of them worry about health care costs. In the U.S., everyone worries. It's a leading cause of anxiety, stress, even bankruptcy! My European friends don't understand. When they get sick, they see a doctor. So do their kids and their aging parents. That drama is gone. Also the paperwork. The health care in their countries -- in virtually every developed country in the world -- is not the for-profit business it is in the U.S. It's basically free for everyone to use, just as they use roads, schools and the police and fire departments.

Is their health care as good? It depends. It's often better. The U.S. health care system is the world's most expensive, and it consistently ranks as mediocre.

The Year of the Book taught me that everyone, pretty much, strives to be healthier and happier. In 2018, the first political party to offer (basically) free medical care for all -- just like virtually every developed country in the world -- will win the hearts and minds of the majority of voters.



"Did you know that 90 percent of the body's serotonin, a compound that contributes to happiness and well-being, lives in your gut?" -- from "The Psychobiotic Revolution"


Marilynn Preston is the author of Energy Express, America's longest-running healthy lifestyle column. Her new book "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being" is available now on Amazon and elsewhere. Visit Creators Publishing at to learn more. For more on personal well-being, visit

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