What is Wellbeing? By Dr David Lewis

Due neither to great wealth nor the relentless pursuit of short term pleasures Wellbeing results from identifying and fostering one’s talents and strengths.

Wellbeing reflects ways of thinking, feeling and behaving that lead to physical and psychological resilience; to experiencing feelings of joy more often than despair; to possessing a lifelong curiosity about the world around you. An urge to play and explore, to savour and appreciate life’s simple pleasures; to have the courage to face up to new challenges and the confidence to persist in the face of set-backs; to maintain close and rewarding relationships throughout our life.  Wellbeing is associated with good health and a robust immune system. There is a strong relationship between wellbeing and the amount of trust and goodwill within families and the wider community. The more time you spend with family, friends and neighbours, the more you participate in community activities, the happier you are and the healthier the community in which you live.

Why not take this quiz to rate your current level of wellbeing? [LINK TO THE QUIZ WHICH IS CURRENTLY ON THE WELLBEING PAGE (have the quiz on a page which isn’t in the menu)]

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