8 Tips for Retaining Good Health, Circa 1911

January 10, 1911: Missing entry (Diary resumes on January 12)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later: 

I’ll give you a little more contextual information today since there is no diary entry.

In 1911 many families had a few general reference books–one such book generally was the Almanac and another was the Compendium of Every Day Wants: A Thousand and One Facts. The book contained information that ranged from grammar rules, to sample civil marriage forms, to recipes, explanations of who is responsible for runaway horses, and treatments for medical emergencies.

Nature demands that we oby her laws, and it is much easier and much less expensive to try, by proper care of ourselves, to retain good heatlh than it is to cure many ailments which come from abusing our bodies.

Compendium of Every Day Wants: A Thousand and One Facts

The chapter on How to Preserve Health had the following tips:

  • Be regular; have a certain time to go to bed and a certain time to get up–it is not the amount of sleep, but the regularity which the mind and body need.
  • Eat nothing but plain food; be temperate in all things.
  • Take plenty of outdoor exercise.
  • Keep clean inside and out–bath often the entire body; drink plenty of good, fresh water.
  • Don’t be afraid of work, but do not worry about it; it is not work, but worry that kills.
  • Keep the mind free from evil thoughts.
  • Follow an honest calling.
  • Live within your means.

If the above is heeded, much suffering will be saved and few doctors will be needed.

Compendium of Every Day Wants: A Thousand and One Facts

2 Responses

  1. I’m new to the blogging world and came across your blog. I’m working my way through your posts from the beginning and am really enjoying it! How interesting that these tips on How to Preserve Health are still so relevant today. It looks similar to the tips I often read in current health magazines.

    • Thanks for stopping by. It is interesting how many of the tips still seem relevant. The way the tips are expressed has changed somewhat over the years, but the ideas are still the same. I’ve really enjoyed doing this blog and I look forward to reading yours.

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