When it comes to discussing health is tackling fear important? My colleague Bob Cummings, Committee on Publication for Michigan, is a community blogger and shares some thoughtful ideas on this very topic. Bob writes:
Is it reasonable to consider a good thing as contagious? Isn’t it widely accepted, for example, that laughter can be infectious?
What would be the beneficial implications of viewing health as catching?
For one thing, instead of viewing health as fragile, we could find a sturdier sense of health — that is, health that is not just the absence of disease or infirmity, as pointed out by the World Health Organization’s definition of health.
This, in turn, could help us confront fear in the face of news reports of the flu and other forms of contagion. Such reports, in this newspaper and others, can help us be informed, alert and wise.
Read more from Bob Cummings blog.