What is Wellbeing?
Wellbeing is a complex, multifaceted phenomenon that is required for good mental health. Good mental health does not necessarily evolve from not having a mental illness. People can be free of mental illness and at the same time, feel unhappy, unfulfilled, and exhibit a high level of dysfunction in their daily life.
Wellbeing is generally viewed by psychologists and researchers from two perspectives:
Hedonic wellbeing relates to feeling happy in terms of having high levels of positive emotions, low levels of negative emotions, and high satisfaction with life.
Eudaimonic wellbeing relates to positive psychological functioning in terms of living your life fully, in line with your deeply held values and beliefs. From the eudaimonic perspective, wellbeing encompasses feeling a sense of meaning and direction in your life, effectively coping with the challenges of daily life, maintaining quality relationships with others, and ultimately, being able to realise your full potential.
The aim of EBW is to talk about evidence-based strategies that you can use in daily life to enhance both hedonic and eudaimonic wellbeing.
Why is Improving Wellbeing Important?
Enhancing wellbeing is important, not only because individuals with higher wellbeing feel happier, but also because research shows that individuals with higher wellbeing experience more:
productive working lives; and
better physical health,
compared to their less happy counterparts.
Growing research also suggests:
Boosting your wellbeing can protect against the development of mental illness, including anxiety and depression.
If you have a mental illness, implementing strategies to improve your wellbeing can help you to live a satisfying and meaningful life, even in the presence of ongoing illness symptoms, and can help with your recovery.
If you have experienced an episode of depression, incorporating strategies to improve your wellbeing can reduce your risk of relapse.