Personal Definition of Health Part B
By: Lisa Barrie
Oct 1, 2014
HLST 152 BN01
Personal Definition of Health Part B
When I type in the word “health” into google it’s pretty interesting what results I receive. From the top 3 results the first is health.com (http://www.health.com) a site dedicated to giving advice about “healthy” recipes, sex/relationship, working out, and beauty advice. The second and third are Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health) and Health Canada (http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/index-eng.php) respectively. Wikipedia gives the anatomical aspect of health saying “This article is about the human condition. For other uses, see Health (disambiguation).” Health Canada is advertising Halloween safety and encourages people to sign up to be a donor. These results represent what Canadians are looking at in regard to health. About a month ago I was asked to give my own definition of health. I had an idea of what health meant to me, but I never really sat down and specify what that word meant. So far my definition hasn’t really changed, instead it has become more detailed/organized, in comparison to the Marxist theory there are some agreements and disagreements that I have regarding health.
As mentioned earlier my definition of health has definitely became more thorough. A month ago, I explained traits that where part of my definition but not the definition its self. Health is a multifaceted concept, in other words my definition is more a model. The best way to describe my model of health is by creating a mental tree diagram. At the top we have the word health. Than it branches off into individual and community. Focusing on the individual it branches off into 3 concepts mind, body and spirit. When speaking about the mind it’s about emotional stability. Having a good balance of emotions means you’re not constantly happy nor are you always depressed. Mental stability is being able to see positive when life doesn’t go as plan and make the best of it. The body is the anatomical side of health. Meaning keeping fit by gaining good eating habits and exercise. Maintaining proper functioning of your organs without complication. The spirit some will argue is part of mental stability. I see spirituality as its own essence. Spirituality is understanding your purpose, finding the connection that is bigger than yourself. Some find that with religion, others through art, the environment etc. When you are connected and open with your spirituality there is an inner peace that gets satisfied and an acceptance about life in general. These three concepts don’t just branch off from the individual but they connect with each other. Community can be branched off to family, work, friends/peers and society. Family normally consist of our parent’s, possible siblings, cousins, grandparents, pets etc. Family connections are generally the first that we make in our lives and tend to be the longest. When those connections are strong it aids to feeling balanced and content. But the adverse effect can occur when a death or fight occurs with those members. The friend’s branch is a lot like family except the people here are not blood related. Work is completely different there are many aspects to work. We gain relationships with our bosses and co-workers. There is the sense of teamwork and competition at work. The main goal is to be the best in our career. When work is balanced it heightens self-confidence, and motivation. Society encompasses the branches of general public and government. General public opinion influences the individual’s perspective and also dictates how life is for society. The government is supposed to be an overseeing force that gives what the majority public wants. This is not always the case. An example of this would be war. It drains the community negatively affects friends and family members, work life and ultimately the individual who in turn may be...
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