When we talk about mental wellbeing, we mean more than just happiness. We know that physical and mental wellbeing are closely related.
Of course, feeling happy is a part of mental wellbeing but it is far from the whole. There is a deeper kind of wellbeing, which is about living in a way that is good for you and good for others around you.
Feelings of contentment, enjoyment, confidence and engagement with the world are all a part of mental wellbeing. Self-esteem and self-confidence are, too. So is a feeling that you can do the things you want to do. And so are good relationships, which bring joy to you and those around you.
Wellbeing and society
Over the last 50 years, we in Britain have become richer. Despite this, evidence from population surveys – in which people were asked to rate their own happiness or mental wellbeing – shows that mental wellbeing has not improved.
This suggests that many of the things we often think will improve our mental wellbeing – such as more possessions, more money to spend or expensive holidays – on their own do not lead to a lasting improvement in the way we feel about ourselves and our lives.
The message is clear: it’s time to rethink wellbeing.
Wellbeing in your life
Many factors influence our wellbeing. Evidence shows that the actions we take and the way we think have the biggest impact. It can help to think about “being well” as something you do, rather than something you are. The more you put in, the more you are likely to get out and the first thing you can do for your own wellbeing is become curious about it!
We’re offering a free ‘HIV, Health & Wellbeing’ session . The aim of this sessuin is to explore how overall health and wellbeing can be affected by being diagnosed with, living with or affected by HIV. The session will explore different approaches to increase health & wellbeing for ourselves and for people we interact or work with.
This session will be of interest and benefit for people who are affected by HIV, those who work with people living with or affected by HIV and those who are involved in different wellbeing issues and solutions.
Date: Tuesday, 23rd June 2015
Time: 10:00 – 12:00am
To book, please download and complete this booking form and email it to, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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