Interestingly, wellness is defined as, “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort,” whereas well-being is defined as, “a good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity; welfare.” (Dictionary.com)
Similar, yet different. We found it particularly interesting that happiness was mentioned with well-being but not with wellness.
In the last almost 9 years of The Well, we’ve seen that term, “wellness” explode in popularity. The way that people are thinking about their health has been shifting to a broader sense.
Unfortunately, what comes with that also, is the watered-down stickered use of the word. Marketing.
This is why we’ve always felt it so important for you to define what wellness means to you, versus us blanket-statementing it for you.
Sure, we can get ideas from places like social media or others around us, but at your core, what does well-being look, taste, smell, sound, and feel like for you?
For many of us, we can have a tendency to shy away from “happiness” being a goal – perhaps it’s fear of sounding selfish or too extravagant? But isn’t life too short for each of us to not consider our own happiness within the construct of our lives?
We’d venture to say that it can certainly make us happier if it is easier and more comfortable to move, if we are more physically capable, have higher confidence, and, if we overall feel well in our bodies.
What does well-being mean to you? We’d love to help you on your journey towards it. Apply for an Exploratory Session today and let’s have a conversation about it!