The Conceptualization of Well-Being

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The Conceptualization of Well-Being

Health is a state of mental, physical and social well being in which infirmity and illness are absent. It therefore encompasses all the aspects of life that affects the physiological, mental and emotional state of an individual. It also covers the concepts of physical health, emotional health, and social support. Health is associated with the notions of mental well being, both in the acute and long term perspectives. Emotional health is related to the capacity to love, care and be understood. Both of these concepts are interrelated and vital in maintaining health.

The physical well-being comprises the ability to engage in activities of daily living (ADL). Activities of daily living include sleeping, eating, bathing, walking and exercising. ADL is necessary for sustaining the normal body functions and keeping up with personal development. A person who is healthy has control over his emotions; healthy people seek happiness and joy in their lives. In developed countries, the lifestyles are generally associated with physical well being, characterized by freedom from disability, independence, personal space, good health, high social status, good diet and physical education on this page.

To understand the concept further, let us have a look at the definition of disease in relation to the definition of health: “A disease is any abnormal growth or development of body tissues, organs, or even cells”. Therefore, it can be seen that absence of disease can be taken as the indicator of good health. In developed countries, the absence of disease is manifested by a combination of healthy practices such as exercise and a balanced diet, low levels of stress, low presence of anxiety and depression, and low prevalence of substance abuse.