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 What Does Wellbeing Mean?  
The word “well-being” is a bit of a buzz word these days.  But what does it actually mean?
Achieving well-being has been the concern of philosophers since Aristotle (who was born 384 BC), and is, in many respects the essence of human existence. If you ask someone what they really want from life, most often they will reply “to be happy / happier”.  In recent years, well-being has moved from the realm of philosophy to a more scientific concern. There has been a growing body of research into what contributes to the quality of people’s experiences of their lives. This means that we now have a new understanding of the factors that both influence and constitute well-being, and what it means to be “happy”.

The science of ‘subjective well-being’ suggests that as well as experiencing good feelings, people need:

  • a sense of individual vitality
  • to undertake activities which are meaningful, engaging, and which make them feel competent and autonomous
  • a stock of inner resources to help them cope when things go wrong and be resilient to changes beyond their immediate control.

It is also crucial that people feel a sense of relatedness to other people, so that in addition to the personal, internally focused elements, people’s social experiences – the degree to which they have supportive relationships and a sense of connection with others – form a vital aspect of well-being.

Life is not supposed to just be about working, paying the bills, looking after the kids, and doing what’s necessary. Of course, those things are important, but we can very easily caught up in the hum-drum of life and we run the risk of life passing us by if all we focus on is the stressors in our lives. Or if all we do to relax is zone out in front of the TV or use alcohol / drugs to escape our feelings.

A key “well-being” factor, which often gets neglected in today’s hectic schedules, is that we give ourselves time out and permission to enjoy the small pleasures in life.  We simply can’t do such a good job, or even be a very good support to others, while our own batteries are run down.

Wellbeing can also be described as “doing well and feeling good”.

Wellbeing is about flourishing in life, rather than just getting through each day. It’s about learning to be your own therapist so that you don’t have to keep paying for one!

There’s a time and a place for all the things that we enjoy, and in order to truly flourish, to be the best we can be and feel, then we need a healthy balance of activity in our lives.

One way of looking at wellbeing is as a continuum, and we can all see ourselves as fitting somewhere along this line:

languishing  _______________________________________________________________  flourishing

It has been said that flourishers live up to 7 years longer!

Good wellbeing helps us to cope better with stress, it helps us to feel happier and to be nicer to those around us too. It protects us better from illness, high blood pressure, makes us less likely to have heart problems, skin conditions, depression and anxiety.

If you are struggling to make your wellbeing a priority or even to fit it in at all, I can help you with this.

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