Striving for “Well-Being” is a Personal Journey of Self

Beth E Lee MBA MSc
4 min readJul 29, 2021

When we think of the term “wellbeing”, concepts such as work-life balance, happiness, friendship, health and wellness come into our mind. After all, isn’t that what life is about? Striving and succeeding in all those areas and more?

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When we talk about well-being, my mind immediately goes to defining what well-being means. However, instead of gaining clarity on what well-being means, I became frustrated and demoralised, trying to understand all that well-being encompasses.

I came across many definitions of the term “well-being”. I decided the challenge wasn’t about finding what well-being means but instead looking at the words and definitions people were using to explain well-being.

What is Wellbeing?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) doesn’t actually define wellbeing. Instead, it uses the term as a keyword to describe it: “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Google tells me that the Oxford English Dictionary defines well-being as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy”. And when you do a google search, you come across digital well-being, physical wellbeing, mental wellbeing, student wellbeing, workplace wellbeing, health wellbeing… the list goes on.