The Moses Maimonides-Hoffman wellness survey

This questionnaire has been developed to reflect Maimonides’s unique emphasis on nutrition.

By EDWARD HOFFMAN
March 5, 2010 19:33
3 minute read.
.

maimonides 311. (photo credit: courtesy)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Moses Maimonides, who lived in Spain and Egypt more than 800 years ago, achieved enduring renown as a rabbi, scholar and communal leader, philosopher and master physician. Aimed at integrating classic Greek philosophy and Judaism, his Guide for the Perplexed has inspired people of all faiths with its optimistic view of personal growth.

Throughout Maimonides’s voluminous writings are references to signposts or markers of individual health, which he always viewed as an integration of mind, body and spirit. Conversely, other signposts were indicators of later distress or illness.

Although historical documents show that Maimonides conducted interviews with his thousands of patients to better diagnose their condition and initiate a cure, his specific questions are unknown. Therefore, this questionnaire has been developed to reflect Maimonides’s unique emphasis on nutrition and physical exercise, aesthetic pleasure and friendship, and daily spirituality including thankfulness, meditation and prayer, as the surest path for well-being. I hope you find it useful in identifying your current strengths and weaknesses, pinpointing areas for self-improvement, and enhancing your optimal wellness.

For each question, answer 1, 2, or 3.

1=rarely or never; 2=sometimes; 3=frequently or always.

1. I tend to overeat.

2. I engage in physical exercise or brisk walking at least 20 minutes a day.

3. My sleep is restless.

4. I pray or meditate daily.



5. I wish I could undo many things in my past.

6. I have someone in my life to share my deepest feelings.

7. I read the Bible or other great religious works.

8. I find it hard to control my temper.

9. I have an optimistic outlook.

10. I am inspired by art, music or nature’s beauty.

11. I feel alone in this world.

12. When I look at my life, I feel blessed.

To find your wellness score:

a) Add up your numbers on questions
    2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 12, subtotal=

b) Add up your numbers on questions
    1, 3, 5, 8 and 11, subtotal=

c) Subtract subtotal b from subtotal a=

d) Multiply your score for c by 7=

Interpreting your wellness score

If your score is 90 or higher, congratulations are in order, for you’re a role model for others. You’ve achieved a daily lifestyle involving mind, body and spirit consistent with Maimonides’s advice for optimal well-being. Your life is fulfilling and peaceful. Keep on doing what you’re doing.

If your score is 70 to 89, you’ve created a healthy daily lifestyle, but there’s definitely room for growth. As Maimonides would advise, closely examine the weaknesses of mind, body, or spirit that hold you back. Then make the changes you know will be helpful, and optimal well-being will be yours.

If your score is 69 or lower, your daily lifestyle needs a real makeover now. As Maimonides would advise, first pinpoint your weakest areas of mind, body, or spirit, then start making changes. Avoid dwelling on past mistakes, and optimal well-being will come to be yours.

Please note: This scale is not meant as a substitute for a regular medical checkup. In keeping with Maimonides’s view, consult a physician immediately if you experience any sudden change in your normal health situation.

The writer is a New York City licensed psychologist and author of numerous books, including The Wisdom of Maimonides. elhoffma@yu.edu

Related Content