At the outset I desire to state that I am not opposed to the strenuous life when it is safeguarded by proper diversion and sufficient rest; but there is a wrong way to live the strenuous life, and it is of this I desire to speak. Work, per se, never kills, but it is the way one works. A bank account kept by continuous deposits in excess of the checks drawn is a good business method. It is when the account is overdrawn that one receives notice to make good the deficit. Mental and physical exercise in legitimate channels is good. It promotes health, happiness and a long life, but when by prolonged endeavor under high pressure an individual overdraws his supply of energy he must replenish it or suffer the consequence. The temperate life, the systematic methods of diversion and relaxation as practiced by Mr. Gladstone, the great English
RUCKER ST. THE STRENUOUS LIFE AND ITS EFFECTS IN DISEASE. JAMA. 1906;XLVI(24):1839–1840. doi:10.1001/jama.1906.62510510031002f
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