What is wellbeing

As far back as Aristotle, philosophers have been thinking about the concept of wellbeing – what people need in their lives to live well.

More recently, politicians and others, such as those working with families, have realised that by focusing on the things that affect wellbeing it is possible to help people live better, more successful and more fulfilling lives.

Is there a definition?
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There is no universal definition of wellbeing. At heart, it is about people’s quality of life and how much life satisfaction they experience in it. One way of explaining it is as a process that gives people a sense of how their lives are going, through the interaction between their environment, what they do in their lives and their psychological resources.

People have high wellbeing if they function well in their lives, have positive feelings day-to-day, are resilient, able to manage when things get difficult and think their lives are going well. Low wellbeing means not functioning well, having negative feelings and limiting beliefs (beliefs or fears that might inhibit what a person feels they can do)

, spend a few moments thinking about how you would define wellbeing. The following 8 definitions might help:

Your Turn

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