The Definition of Wellness
Earlier today, I read this article about the definition of wellness – or the lack thereof. The article discusses the fact that, although “wellness” is an increasingly popular term, there is no commonly agreed-upon definition of the word. The article quotes Charles B. Corbin of Arizona State, who describes wellness as “a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.”
The article then asserts that wellness “is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more successful existence.” Complete wellness, the article argues, is made up of many subdivisions, including the social, occupational, spiritual, physical, intellectual, emotional environmental, financial, mental, and medical aspects of well-being.
I agree that wellness includes many areas of our lives. And I particularly like the concept of wellness as a process. To me, it is more than a state of being. The term implies a proactive attempt to live authentically in all areas of life. What about you? How do you define wellness?