Wellbeing is a well-used word, but what do we actually mean by it?
Dictionary definitions revolve around feeling comfortable, healthy OR happy (not all three), but then other definitions look at success and prosperity. Mental Health is defined as a state of wellbeing by the world health organisation, but this does not mean that mental ill health is the absence of wellbeing, as wellbeing incorporates so many things.
So, what is wellbeing? It is an abundance of things. Too many to measure and count. It incorporates how many pleasant feelings we have such as joy, excitement, contentment and love. It is about how our bodies feel and how we feel within them. It is about whether our relationships are good and our expectations are met. It is about whether the sun is shining, or we have enough money in our pockets to make ends meet. It is about our free time and how we use it and what we are thankful for. How do you bounce back when life throws you a curve ball? This can also have huge implications on your overall wellbeing. It is about mindset and learning, it can be about change and discovering new things. It is in nature, animals, people, it all matters, and my list could go on and on!
What is really important is that our wellbeing can be in the darker side of life. Things happen, often out of our control. We need wellbeing that involves anger, forgiveness, hurt but hope. Wellbeing is also in stress, sadness, loneliness and in our ability to reach out and be kind and compassionate.
So, what is wellbeing? Everything! There is no magic wand or one answer to a satisfying life.
Positive Psychology looks at subjective wellbeing. So, this is our own individual evaluation of our life. We can all evaluate life in many ways, that is the joy of everyone having their own perspective and take on things. Research has given us many ways of increasing subjective wellbeing and helping us figure out what to do when we are not feeling ‘well’. As a Positive Psychology Practitioner I help people, especially children, learn skills to boost their wellbeing or their overall satisfaction with life. These skills are transferable throughout life, so whether its during home life, school, socialising or time alone children can put these lessons into practice. With world mental health day fast approaching (10th October), it is a great time to start thinking about building resilience so we are better protected against adversity when it arises.
Lets all start our wellbeing journey off in the right way, right now.
Wishing you lots of happiness