Health and wellbeing meanings come in three forms-holistic, positive and negative. Health and wellbeing’s meaning cannot be fixed because health means different things to different people, and your intellectual thinking of health can change from day to day; depending on your experiences you go through. Literally the word health comes from an old English word meaning “the state of being hale, sound or whole, in body mind or soul”. This tells us that our thinking of health is not just about our physical pain we feel but also emotional feelings. For example someone could be eating their 5 a day and exercising every day to keep fit, so their physically healthy but they might’ve been through a lot of emotional things such as death of loved ones all of the sudden and to her health doesn’t meaning anything because she is emotionally not happy. She might think that she’s not healthy when someone asks her because she’s be through a lot of emotional things so all she can think of is her worries and may not concentrate on her diet that she is eating healthy and doing exercise. The World Health Organization is an agency of the United Nations (UN) that co-ordinates international public health service. They have also likewise said that the meaning of health cannot be fixed because different people have different intellectual thinking of health depending on their experiences. But they have agreed upon the meaning of health and wellbeing as “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. There are 6 factors which might affect our health from day to day and probably change our intellectual thinking of health as well. This can affect us positively or negatively , an example of a social factor is, someone could be physically really fit and health but they might not have any friends to socialize with, and they might also not attempt to go out and find a friend because they’re feeling low about them self. This is also an example of negative meaning of health because the person is not doing anything to look after their health.
A holistic definition of health accesses health based on a combination of physical, intellectual, emotional and social factors. Literally it looks in all parts of a person’s health. This definition is based on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. For example Paula Radcliffe, the British marathon runner, offers a good example of someone with a holistic attitude to health. She keeps herself physically fit, eating a balanced diet and exercising. She learns about different training strategies and has written books (intellectual) and is happily married (emotional), with a family and lots of friends, meeting people all over the world as she trains and competes (social). An example of someone who has a holistic view is my cousin because she goes to gym every day for an hour which helps her burn fat and become more active, this helps her physically. She attends university and has many friends, this helps her intellectually as she learns new things so she is increasing her knowledge, and also socially as she socializes with her friends and other people. She lives with her loving family, they encourage her to try new things, and this helps her emotionally. People that that have a holistic view will relate to Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. The Maslow’s hierarchy of needs shows us that everyone has the same basic needs such as food, shelter, clothes. If the most basic needs are not met, the person will not be able to move up the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Maslow’s hierarchy and holistic definition is very similar because it focuses at all aspects.
Edexcel GCSE health and social care work book states the positive definition of health is ‘’based on the achievement and maintenance of physical fitness and mental stability… it is positive because you realize there is something you can do to improve...