You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘prevention is better than cure’. It means that it is best to take precautions to stop a bad thing happening than to attempt to fix that bad thing once it has happened. Here are 10 reasons why that is the case:
1. Time: it is often quicker to take precautions than to spend ages working to fix a disaster.
2. Psychological effects: preventing disaster from happening in the first place keeps us in a calmer mental state than experiencing the disaster and working to cure it.
3. Future planning: planning for the future is always prudent.
4. Control: preventing adverse events from occurring gives you greater control over your life.
5. Energy: if we prevent unwanted occurrences, we have more energy spare to work on worthwhile projects.
6. Cost: it can be more expensive to cure than to prevent it.
7. Good example: adhering to this principle sets a good example for others.
8. Smooth sailing: following this maxim helps us to sail more smoothly through life.
9. No trauma: experiencing a bad thing can be traumatic and even if we cure it afterwards, the trauma can take a long time to heal. Better to prevent it from occurring in the first place.