What is wellbeing?

We often hear the term ‘wellbeing’, which is different to ‘wellness’. Most commonly wellbeing is used to describe a person’s happiness or emotional state. Yet it’s much broader than this.

According to the New Economics Foundation (2012), wellbeing can be understood as how people feel and function on a personal and social level, and how they evaluate their lives as a whole.

Wellbeing has many dimensions

Wellbeing works on many levels. Sure, there’s your personal wellbeing. But there’s also wellbeing at the group level. This can include family, workplaces, communities and culture, just to name a few.

Then there are all of the factors that influence wellbeing. Think of your own life. The way you ‘feel and function’ is most likely affected by what’s going on with your friends, family, health, financial circumstances and the level of choice you do or don’t have in certain situations.

One way to think about it is to break down wellbeing into key domains. These are: psychological, mental, emotional, social, physical, cognitive, financial, spiritual and environmental.

For further guidance check out the wellbeing language and definitions guide

Why wellbeing is constantly changing

With so many moving parts, your wellbeing can change from one moment to the next. For example, if you were under a lot of stress at work, your wellbeing might be better at home than at work.

What’s more, wellbeing is subjective. No two people have the exact same values, life goals and personality traits. So certain aspects of wellbeing may be more or less important to one person than they are to another.

How we help you improve your wellbeing

We understand the different dimensions of wellbeing. So we’ve developed a range of programs that empower you to achieve positive overall wellbeing. We do this through:

Enhancing resilience – building resilience gives you the skills to handle change and do your best in challenging circumstances. We can also help you to create a balance of personal and professional goals, so you have more control over your life.

Improving wellness – boosting your health and connecting with others can contribute to overall wellbeing. Through team-based challenges, our Mojovate Wellbeing program is a fun way to make small changes that add up to big results.

Next steps

Contact us to find out how out more. Or email fleur@blueberryinstitute.com