Dictionary.com defines well-being as “a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterised by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare”, while Oxford Reference goes towards the economic definition which we often hear in business too – the employee well-being.
We all have well-being, and it is possible that we focus on it less often than on our health, but they are interconnected. In fact, the WHO definition of health contains this word now: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
Well-being goes a step beyond health: it’s the state or process of feeling better than OK – having the conditions to nurture our health, grow, learn, socialise, and thrive.
When we practice well-being, we build up our resilience, the physical, mental and social contingency to cope better with adverse experiences in the future and enjoy life.
So what is well-being for you?