What is the Difference between Wellness and Well-being?

arabiaMountainWhen we think of wellness, our thoughts often race to fitness, physical health and nutrition. Other wellness practitioners, however, say we need to move from Wellness to an understanding of Well-being.

What is Well-being?

While wellness is often a focus on physical health, well-being is a term that helps us grasp the importance of understanding that total health is more than the physical. Some will refer to this as total wellness, holistic wellness or a whole of life experience.

Well-being includes physical health, but it also includes additional key aspects of our lives such as Emotional, Psychological, Mental and Intellectual health. Social and Community health, where there is a sense of belong, are often included. Spiritual health is also often inserted into the conversation, such as in The Daniel Plan where the Biblical phrase of body, mind and spirit is used to demonstrate the scope of well-being.

Having a sense of Purpose is sometimes incorporated into the discussion on well-being, while Financial health is a common component of even some of the most basic wellness offerings. Even Career and Occupational health is included in well-being. Others will add Read more of this post

Why Employers Are Now Addressing Stress in the Workplace

Speaking to a group of employee benefit brokers from around Atlanta, Ron Bachman shared revealing statistics about the role of stress in the workplace including how 21.5% of all healthcare costs are stress-related. His emphasis on how stress dramatically clogs productivity was driven home later that same day as we learned Don Perry, Vice President of Public Relations for Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, had died suddenly of an apparent heart attack.  Was Perry’s death a vivid illustration of what Bachman was addressing?

When Perry died he and Chick-fil-A had been in a public relations quandary in the wake of Dan Cathy voicing his support of the Biblical view of marriage. Vocal gay-rights advocates, along with a few politicians and businesses, railed the fast-food giant while many Christians and conservatives praised Cathy and the company for their traditional family values. While the Los Angeles Timesreported Perry had issued a statement writing “going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena,” he was, no doubt, engaged in determining how the company would respond to a very public debate.

I certainly cannot be definitive on the cause of Perry’s death. Was it a heart attack? If so, was it brought on or hastened by stress? Read more of this post