I interviewed some friends and family (OK, just one friend and two family members) to see what they thought of well-being. Their definitions ran the gamut, but suffice it to say that, according to them, well-being is not just physical health.
And they're right! Well-being is your total health – it's how the different parts of your life come together to affect how you feel. According to Healthways, a company that gathers data on national total health, well-being can be broken down into these five categories:
1. Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.
2. Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life.
3. Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.
4. Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe, and having pride in your community.
5. Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.
So, what does well-being mean to you?