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I need an explanation for this Writing question to help me study.Based on the qualities listed on page 3, who is the healthiest person you know and what are some of the qualities you immediately notice about them?
Further, what is one area of wellness you thrive in and one area you would like to personally improve on to achieve a better quality of life?
WHAT IS WELLNESS, ANYWAY?INTRODUCTION: Wellness is a term with many applications and definitions. Like any other concept, it can be employed by anyone to mean whatever he/she wants it to represent. The term started out (in the mid-1950’s) as one thing and evolved, was adapted and reshaped to serve varied agendas and co-opted by multiple, disparate interests. As a result, wellness today is an amorphous word that means a little of everything and a lot of nothing at all. Fortunately, all uses of the term are still positive, though many are deceptive, erroneous, exploitative and ridiculous. This is particularly so those of us who tried to promote wellness as a specific, unique set of ideas different from anything that existed decades ago. On the bright side, it could be said that the term is still positive, despite the mangled forms to which it has been employed. That is, I have yet to encounter the term used perjoratively to put someone down (e.g., “You sniveling piece of wellness”).On the eve of what is billed by the National Wellness Institute (NWI) as the 31st Annual National Wellness Conference, it might be of interest to revisit an essay I placed at based upon the 1976 Rodale Press edition of HIGH LEVEL WELLNESS: AN ALTERNATIVE TO DOCTORS, DRUGS AND DISEASE. Just for the record — and for your information, consideration and amusement.WHAT IS WELLNESS? Wellness is first and foremost a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is a mindset, a predisposition to adopt a series of key principles in varied life areas that lead to high levels of well-being and life satisfaction.A consequence of this focus is that a wellness mindset will protect you against temptations to blame someone else, make excuses, shirk accountability, whine or wet your pants in the face of adversity.Wellness is an alternative to dependency on doctors and drugs, to complacency, to mediocrity and to self- pity, boredom and slothfulness.Many wellness promoters, myself included, see wellness as a philosophy that embraces many principles for good health. The areas most closely affected by your wellness commitments include self-responsibility, exercise and fitness, nutrition, stress management, critical thinking, meaning and purpose, emotionalMasterFILEComplete1 of 4 2/1/21, 12:41EBSCOhost…intelligence, humor and play and effective relationships. Wellness entails a conscious commitment to positive initiatives and principles for optimal functioning in all these areas.A VERY BRIEF HISTORY: The term wellness was first used by a physician named Halbert L. Dunn, who published a small booklet entitled “High Level Wellness” in 1961. Dr. Dunn saw wellness as a lifestyle approach for pursuing elevated states of physical and psychological well-being. He described it as a disciplined commitment to personal mastery. He elaborated on a philosophy that was, from the start, multidimensional, centered on personal responsibility and environmental awareness. His approach to health was quite different from the tack taken a half century earlier by physical cultists like Dr. Kellogg of Battle Creek, MI and a motley assortment of nuts and berry types who flourished at that time. Dr. Dunn’s wellness crusade was carried on largely on his own time, as a personal passion separate from his work as a public health official, during the many years he served as a distinguished physician in the 50’s and 60’s.HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM PREVENTION, ETC? Many of us who have promoted wellness since Dr. Dunn have gone to some lengths to distinguish the term from related concepts with which it is sometimes confused, such as holistic health, prevention, health education and health promotion. I certainly do not think it is the same as these related concepts and programs. Holistic health, for example, is treatment oriented and practiced by healer-types. Prevention is oriented to not having something unpleasant happen — the avoidance of disease, as opposed to the pursuit of physical and psychological excellence. Health education is oriented to compliance with a doctor’s “orders” or other forms of sound health/medical matters; health promotion is a broad tent kind of word, an umbrella term under which anything from risk reduction to employee assistance activities can be promoted in institutional settings.Wellness CAN be seen as an alternative to reliance upon doctors, drugs and other strategies for minimizing the risks of ill health and disease and promoting advanced states of life quality. The alternative is to live in such a way that you don’t get sick in the first place or, at the least, to live in such a way as to strengthen your immunity so that illness does not last as long as it might otherwise.A related idea is to be wary of terms in common use that do not really mean what general usage of the words might imply. Take, for example, the illusion of “health” insurance.” Money payments to doctors and insurance companies can not insure health — only a steady effort to live healthfully can do that. Health insurance is actually a system for arranging payments for medical services. The latter can not make you well, only help you deal with illness. In our country, nearly fifty million citizens do not have such protection.VARIED WELLNESS MODELS: A review of varied wellness models over time can be found at — go to…WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE HEALTHY? The paradox of health is that while we are living longer, we are not living in a manner consistent with the highest possible quality of life. And a lot of people, it seems, would sooner worry about this situation than act so as to be healthier. In some way, we are “doing better and feeling worse,” as suggested by Aaron Wildavsky. One of the areas of wellness that I have emphasized is helping people better appreciate what it means to be a healthy person, as opposed to just not being sick. Having clear pictures of health at the heights of well-being make it more likely that mediocrity will not be found acceptable. Recent studies in Australia and classic research done earlier in this country by Maslow, Otto, and others add weight to this claim. They looked primarily at those who rarely got sick and/or those2 of 4 2/1/21, 12:41EBSCOhost…most often judged by peers as the “healthiest people.”The research suggests that the “wellest of the well” possessed the following qualities, to an uncommon degree:high self-esteem and a positive outlooka foundation philosophy and a sense of purposea strong sense of personal responsibilitya good sense of humor and plenty of fun in lifea concern for others and a respect for the environmenta conscious commitment to personal excellencea sense of balance and an integrated lifestylefreedom from addictive behaviors of a negative or health-inhibiting nature a capacity to cope with whatever life presents and to continue to learn grounded in realityhighly conditioned and physically fita capacity to love and an ability to nurturea capacity to manage life demands and communicate effectively.How are you doing in these areas, and what will it take to do more in some of them that might invite further attention?TEN SUGGESTIONS: To conclude this summary of wellness, consider ten suggestions. I wrote them to summarize the nature of wellness and increase the chances that you will embrace it.Advice can come from many sources but ultimately you must make the unique decisions for designing and maintaining quality for your health, leisure and wellness choices.It is very difficult to be well and focused on excellence in lifestyle if you can’t express your talents and passions in some manner.Coming to terms with the fact that change is inevitable and happening at a faster pace than ever before will enable you to deal more effectively with its manifestations.Your lifestyle choices, including your attitudes/beliefs/emotional responses and actions, will have a far greater impact on your health, work and wellness performance than any and all doctors who do or could serve you, the economy, the environment, your income level, your age, your retirement plan or your luck.Wellness is too important to be pursued grimly. Whatever your choices, make sure you’re having fun. Modern medicine’s a wonderful thing but there are two problems: people expect too much of it and too little3 of 4 2/1/21, 12:41EBSCOhost…of themselves.Balance is a good thing and a worthy goal but there are times when you have to put it aside to pursue a passion over time, a heroic quest or other short-term goal that takes too much time and energy to permit the maintenance of balance. Be flexible.It’s better to take up healthy practices than to give up unhealthy habits, at least initially when trying to enhance the quality of your lifestyle. For example, you are better advised to take up a satisfying activity like vigorous walking before you attempt to quit smoking.Lifestyle quality is seldom achieved by accident — you have to make a choice to live and work this way. It’s never too late to start a wellness lifestyle. Even if you are 100. Or older.Of course, as I myself near 100, certain ideas that made sense earlier seem a little less certain now. In the past year, for instance, I’ve come to suspect that the reality for most is “I can’t do it.” On the other hand, this could be a too clever way of using that old sales technique of negative reversal to motivate slackers. If a little benign manipulation stimulates some to pull off a genuine wellness lifestyle over time, well, I couldn’t be happier.Be well. Look on the bright side.
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