I will start the answer to the question about what components make life well and meaningful. Obviously, health – mental, physical, emotional, financial and spiritual. Our careers can be meaningful as well. Our social network too. I wonder if it is all under one thing? Health. What is the difference between health and wellness? Is health a condition and wellness a feeling or assumption we have of ourselves? Health is a state, and I guess wellness is a state too. Maybe health is body and wellness is mind. In those terms health is concrete and wellness is perceived. Where do the two separate? This is all becoming confusing. I may have to look up the definitions to see the difference. There must be a separation if people use both of them in a title or description. Here is the the first definition: Health is the level of functional or metabolic efficiency of a living organism. Wellness: The scientific meaning: health, freedom from disease. Or this: Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence. I really like this last one; it makes more sense to me. Here are the components:
*Process means that improvement is always possible
*Aware means that we are continuously seeking more information about how we can improve.
*Choices means that we consider a variety of options and select those in our best interest.
*Success is determined by each individual to be their collection of life accomplishments.
This speaks to me. I like the last definition the best. I think it is much different than the health definition. What are the types of health and of wellness? Here are some subcategories of wellness:
These all lead to health. Health leads to freedom of illness, injury or pain. Or this: a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Three things that make up health:
*Lifestyle: the aggregation of personal decisions (i.e., over which the individual has control) that can be said to contribute to, or cause, illness or death;
*Environmental: all matters related to health external to the human body and over which the individual has little or no control;
*Biomedical: all aspects of health, physical and mental, developed within the human body as influenced by genetic make-up.
This is beginning to make sense to me and clear up some of the blurred lines. I will refer to this as I continue my work. My wish today is that everyone experience a life of balanced health and wellness. May you work towards that each day and be granted success in that movement. May your mind, body and spirit expand with health and wellness and may you help others obtain the same.
If you get a moment, please add your definition of health and wellness.