What Is The Definition Of “Well-Being”?
Health, according to the World Health Organization, is “the state of full mental and physical well-being and not just the absence of sickness and disease.” A wide variety of definitions have existed over the years. Some of them are qualitative, some quantitative, others are cultural assumptions. The best we can do is point out that a good percentage of health is having good relationships, good food, exercise, and other things that will keep us from getting sick. This, obviously, does not mean that we should completely deny ourselves the right to seek medical care if we need it. It does, however, show that it is important to work towards keeping our bodies healthy.
The challenge for public health professionals and the people who want to maintain their healthy levels is to find effective ways to reduce social determinants of health. These determinants include things such as poor nutrition, exposure to toxins and contaminants, poor housing, less active recreation, less social contact, and less social interaction. By understanding how these various determinants work in conjunction with each other, and by developing and implementing strategies to reduce these forces, it has been shown that a significant amount of premature death can be prevented. It also shows that we can make a difference in the quality of life by making changes to these determinants. The good news is that as these changes become more widespread and more official, they will have more effect on public health than what has so far been understood.
We now know that good health promotion and good health maintenance are linked. These two concepts go hand in hand, and by developing better strategies to promote good health through effective public health promotion and medical care, we can improve the quality of life for all Americans. The definition of “well-being” itself has been developed in a way that encompasses all of these components. This new framework is encouraging researchers and practitioners to expand their views and develop methods that do more than define the term but can actually enhance it.