The World Health Organization describe health as a complete physical, mental and social well-being – and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
In regard to Well-Being, I think that it is helpful to consider that there are two aspects of well being.
- “Hedonia” – Pleasure, delight, gratitude, fun; friendliness, kindness, love, feeling cared about, happiness for others; accomplishment, worth; enjoyment of learning, beauty, music, making things.
- “Eudaimonia” – Sense of purpose, contribution, service, meaning, fulfillment, harmony. It
To start with it would make sense to consider well-being in your mind, of which , you may consider what shapes your life? Perhaps challenges, vulnerabilities and resources.
The one variable from the above that is the easiest to effect is the resources and hence why I am writing this! These resources can be located in the world, the body and the mind! ….Therefore the mind again is the easiest one to consider here!
Our inner strengths include: Capabilities, positive emotions, attitudes, inclinations and virtues.
To make the changes, you have to be on your own side!
Q. Why is it good to be on your own side?
A. All beings deserve decency and care including you!
You have the most responsibility toward the person you have the most power over: your future self.
It is good for others to be good to yourself.
Bertrund Russell said it so eloquently, The Good Life as I see it is a happy life, I do not mean that if you are good that you will be happy: I mean that if you are happy you will be good!
So be good to yourself!
Sean Phelps Dc