Friedrich Nietzsche’s Key Concept Of Wellness For Us All To Follow


The following excerpt is from an interesting article by Donald B Ardell, who feels that we can all learn to develop our minds and achieve general well-being if we applied practical philosophy at the workplace and to our everyday lives.

Ardell calls upon none other than the iconoclastic philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche to demonstrate a key concept in his own philosophy on overcoming difficulties toward finding total fulfillment in life:

‘If REAL wellness were offered at worksite wellness functions, employees would learn life skills large and small, particularly in the areas of philosophy and human happiness. As it is, worksite wellness is largely a medical endeavor focused on risk reduction and prevention, neither of which contributes much to the work setting as a learning environment. If philosophy were on the worksite wellness agenda, workers would have continuous opportunities to increase their capacities for reason, exuberance and liberty toward higher quality of life.

I’m often asked for practical examples of what employees might learn if skills taught included meaning and purpose, global awareness, personal responsibility, happiness, applied ethics and philosophy, to name just a few quality of life-type topics.

Here is one illustration from the rich field of practical philosophy.The example draws on a key concept of Friedrich Nietzsche.’

Read the full article here…


  1. Jason-Sounds a little bit like the “No pain, no gain” philosophy they preach in gyms all across the country. I’m a little wary of Nietzsche when he starts singing the praises of suffering. I don’t think contentment and the simple pleasures of life were high on his list. All this striving for success and achievement talk gives me the willies. I prefer a relaxing walk in the park.

  2. Jason Cooper says:

    I look at Nietzsche (his philosophy is also comparable to his compatriot Arthur Schopenhauer) this way; We all suffer one way or the other in life, which is something we cannot avoid – in other words we cannot run and hide from difficulties but to accept them as necessary training of our will toward becoming ‘Supermen’ of our own lives. Hence the quote,

    “What does not kill me, makes me stronger.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

    Sounds a lot like Stoicism don’t you think? Old Marcus Aurelius would have looked at life at the same way.

    Another facet of the Nietzsche concept that we can use to make us feel better with our lot despite personal hardship, is to learn to suffer in silence and take some consolation from the knowledge that someone elsewhere is suffering even more than us.

    It’s also similar to people who complain and are stressed about what life has given to them. How can we stop ourselves complaining? Well, we can start by sparing a thought for the people who are living in constant fear of their lives and are living in much worse conditions than we presently find ourselves in.

    It sounds terrible, but having such a thought of another’s misfortune makes us feel better and glad that we are not in that particular person’s shoes and who is suffering hardship of the worst kind, or worst still, dying because of their suffering – this can teach us to appreciate what we have, including our lives.

    I guess that’s the main reason people watch and read the news religiously, which is filled with nothing but disaster and horror for other human beings around the globe. I’m sure most of us have uttered the following comments to ourselves after viewing such nightmares; “Poor sod.”, “I thought my life was difficult”, and, “still…better them than me.”

  3. Jason-you make some good points. Would be fun to discuss this further outdoors somewhere on a beautiful spring day. Certainly one should accept the suffering that comes into one’s life and not allow oneself to be crushed by it. But I’m opposed to the idea that suffering is ever a positive thing. It’s just misery after all.

  4. Jason Cooper says:

    Yeah NP – I would love to converse with you about the wonders of life, but alas, I’m across the pond freezing my ass off in a former Empire of the world – we’re now puppy dogs with tongues primed and ready for you guys based in the supposed land of the free.

    I agree, pain and misery is no laughing matter, but we cannot escape the fact that we will be touched by the aforementioned one way or the other – so all we can do is to embrace philosophy and prepare for the worst…possibly will soften the blow and keep us serene if nothing else.