In 1948 the World Health Organization called it “a state of complete Physical, Social and Mental well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
A current definition describes wellness as ” an active process of becoming aware of, and making choices toward, a more successful existence.”
Confusing at best.
At core, wellness implies an optimal level of spiritual, mental, physical and emotional health. But how do we reach that level?
First we have to educate ourselves about making appropriate choices on all levels as we adapt to our ever-changing environment.
While we tend to focus on physical heath, as it is the most obvious and easily seen, we are wise to bear in mind that spiritual, emotional and mental stress can have a physical manifestation. That’s why it makes sense to embrace a holistic approach to health; including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual areas.
“It is not the mind which makes man, nor is it the body; it is mind and body. Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.” Nicola Tesla from his book ‘The Problem of Increasing Human Energy’.
A joyful, productive, fulfilling, loving and positive life, with an optimism about the future, sounds like wellness to me.
Doing your best with the hand Life has dealt you, and smiling about it, is my own personal definition of living in Wellness. What is yours?