• Wellbeing: A Critical Health Domain

      Jones, Edward R., Ph.D.; Brown, G. S. (Jeb), Ph.D.; Minami, Takuya (Institute for Health and Productivity Management (IHPM), 2013-12)
      People worldwide are focused on health. Companies and countries are focused on health. In particular, mental illnesses have gained notoriety based on celebrity confessions, infamous murders, suicides, and drug overdoses. Depression has gained increasing attention in the past decade. The World Health Organization reports on its website that depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, impacting more than 350 million people of all ages. Recently, however, a new concept focusing on the positive side of mental health is gaining attention. Unlike mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety, researchers have started focusing on concepts such as happiness and sense of achievement. The positive side of mental health is being termed as wellbeing. I. The Emergence of Wellbeing as a Key Health Concept: You might immediately wonder how wellbeing is defined. A journal dedicated to this concept, International Journal of Wellbeing, illustrates the lack of consensus even among researchers: “The question of how wellbeing should be defined (or spelt) still remains largely unresolved.” However, three independent tributaries have come together in recent years to create this powerful current.