Visions - Wellness

PDF | Vol. 7, No. 4 (2012)

Everyone has their own definition of wellness and their own wellness goals. Many writers in this issue talk about feeling engaged, feeling centred, feeling that they’re contributing to something greater, or feeling empowered to take on problems or setbacks. While wellness may be harder to define than a medical framework of illness/no illness, most of us intuitively sense what wellness means and how it can benefit us. But wellness doesn’t stop at the individual level. Families, schools and workplaces, communities, and societies all influence our own well-being, and our own well-being influences these larger groups. The importance of community—be it family members and loved ones, workplaces, support groups, cultural groups, or spiritual groups—is a theme you’ll see in almost every article. Another theme is wellness as a journey. Wellness is an ongoing process that might involve awareness, reflection, discovery, support, and dedicated effort. Finally, wellness is about recognizing people for who they really are. When we focus on wellness, we break down barriers because we give everyone an equal opportunity to thrive, discover their personal goals, and engage in broader communities.

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