Well-Being and its components


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Well-Being and its components

Psychological wellbeing involves not only the absence of illness but the presence of something positive such as growth, positive relationships, autonomy, purpose, etc. It is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and the ability to manage stress. Basically, well-being is just feeling well. Here are some of the parameters that attempt to measure well-being: Resilience, Adaptability, Emotional Stability, Positive Affect.
The American Psychological Association (2014) defines Resilience as “the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress” This essentially means that in case of a traumatic event, how quick can you “bounce back” and get the closest you can to the kind of life you had before the event. This event could be anything from the loss of a loved one, loss of a pet, separations, too much stress due to multiple factors, societal pressures, harassment, abuse, etc. It teaches you to manage your risks better.
What comes to your mind when you hear the word “Emotional stability”? If you break down the word to its literal meaning, it practically talks about how stable you are emotionally. Emotional stability refers to a person’s ability to remain stable and balanced even under stressful situations. For example, if your senior at work or college argues and upsets your mood, would you let that one small tiff affect your entire day, or would you be able to maintain your calm and go through the rest of the day without letting that incident hinder your tasks?
“The capacity to make appropriate responses to changed or changing situations; the ability to modify or adjust one’s behavior in meeting different circumstances or different people” is defined as Adaptability by the APA. How quickly can you adjust to a new house? New city? New friends? New work environment? Adaptability tests just that and it helps you understand your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, etc to manage changing and uncertain demands. Last but not least it tests Positive affect which refers to positive emotions and expression, including cheerfulness, pride, enthusiasm, energy, and joy, etc. Do you see the world as gray or do you see beauty and color in everything? Are you consciously aware of your feelings and emotions and do you recognize them as positive or negative?
Keeping all these factors in mind, how much do you think your score in well-being is? Check out our Well-being Assessment to measure your well-being.

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