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The Definition of Wellness

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?


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Sarah Cooke

Sarah Cooke is a writer living in California. She is interested in organic food and green living. Sarah holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Naropa University, an M.A. in Humanities from NYU, and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. She has written for a number of publications, and she studied Pastry Arts at the Institute for Culinary Education. Her interests include running, yoga, baking, and poetry. Read more on her blog.


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5:51AM PDT on Apr 11, 2013


5:06AM PST on Feb 22, 2013

Keeping moving is the key

2:28PM PST on Jan 28, 2013

Thank you :)

2:36PM PST on Nov 15, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

11:44AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012


9:08AM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Thank you

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12:26AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

I value the word "authentic" ......

3:41PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Wellness starts with how you think about things, people, situations in life. If you're always doom and gloom that's what you attract. Thoughts are things. Correct your thinking and it will be a big help in staying or getting physically healthy. They go together.

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