Wellbeing: the multidimensional view of life satisfaction

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What is wellbeing?

In worldwide societies, Wellbeing has been a central term for measuring human prosperity and sustainable development.

Amartya Sen, who won the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on welfare economics, paved the way for the development of holistic welfare standards in the early 1980s. With his theoretical concept, he shifted the focus of peoples wellbeing from largely economic-driven theories of wealth to more social development and progress. He saw peoples wellbeing influenced by far more than financial or material resources.

In Sen’s point of view, wellbeing is centered around the various items and acitivies that an invidual values and enjoys doing apart from adequate nutrition or the freedom from preventable diseases.

Overall life satisfaction as goal

At least as long as the search for the meaning of life, is that for wellbeing. The term seems unambiguous, but in reality it is very complex. After all, wellbeing is not based solely on physical integrity, as is so often assumed. There are many other factors that make us feel good. Today, we explore what the term is all about and what contributes to wellbeing. Plus, we reveal 5 steps everyone can take to boost their personal wellbeing. Accordingly, nowadays, subjective wellbeing is largely studied in the context of happiness research. This multidimensional notion, subjective wellbeing encompasses both good and negative emotions, as well as global life satisfaction and people’s contentment with their money, family, and health, among other factors. “Overall life satisfaction” is the most often used metric of subjective wellbeing. Thus, the goal of our International Center of WellBeing (ICWB) is to take this multidimensional view of life satisfaction into account with a social, occupational, intellectiual, emotional, spiritual, environmental, physical and financial point of view.

The art of feeling good

The most important facts at a glance

  • The term wellbeing covers the physical and mental realms.
  • Individual wellbeing can be promoted by the individual.
  • Self-reports help to measure the degree of wellbeing.
  • Instruments are inner satisfaction, positive thinking patterns and physical health.
  • Resilience and wellbeing can influence each other.
  • Apps help to increase wellbeing.


Well-being vs. Wellbeing

The term wellbeing is often used – mostly in connection with the production of health. Thus, people talk about increasing the quality of life and wellbeing when serious illnesses are concerned. Yet it is important to pay attention to one’s own wellbeing not only in the face of physical hazards. After all, wellbeing can do a lot for us. There is no universally accepted definition for the word “wellbeing.” It is assumed that those who experience health, happiness and prosperity cover the range well. Simply put, but what does that mean for everyday life? It means that mental and physical health, a high level of life satisfaction and the meaning of life are satisfied. Stress management also plays an important role in relation to the concept of wellbeing.1

How is wellbeing created?

We are all consciously or subconsciously searching for wellbeing. It beckons with many positive prospects. Those who feel happy, healthy, future-oriented and socially connected seem to be able to go through the world more positively. Looking at society, however, one can get the impression that wellbeing is on the decline. No wonder, given the high levels of stress that people expose themselves to on a daily basis. The search for more wellbeing is automatically followed by the question of where the pleasant feeling actually comes from. The good news is that we can produce wellbeing ourselves, with our thoughts and actions. We do not always have control over this. For example, experiences beyond our control can cloud our view of the day. However, positive thinking, cultivating meaningful relationships and successfully overcoming professional challenges recharge our happiness account. This automatically leads to greater wellbeing.