THAW – The Health And Wellness…
Sunday October 3rd, 2021 I have an idea which continues to run through my mind, and it seems to be in search of a venue or platform in which to expand through general discussion among a group of people (members, participants, networkers, etc.). I ran this idea by my wife, who was in church preparation mode at the time, and received from her the first response to the question, how would you finish this statement? The Health And Wellness… Her response was, “for healthy living.” The idea is precisely that statement made to my wife which I later said to her that The Health And Wellness can also be referred to as the acronym, THAW and gave her some examples of the kind of thaw I was thinking about.
When you think of thaw, I said, it was a word used by news reporters and politicians to describe the warming of relations between two “could war” adversaries like the US and USSR (now the Russian Federation); She looked at me as if I didn’t speak clearly, so I said to her, what do you do to your frozen chicken before cooking it? To which she replied, “thaw it out;” and then I said it’s the same as what happens in the Spring after a bitterly cold winter that brought a lot of snow. We both said at the same time, “thaw,” and I said “right, THAW” which is also short for The Health And Wellness…
The idea, as I think of it, is to get people engaged in conversation around the subject of health and wellness, so leaving the statement unfinished invites multiple finishes thereby initiating the discussion. I later did a Google search for The Health And Wellness just to see what finishes the autofill function would suggest and it suggested the following:
…Center, Company, Clinic, Center Oklahoma, Center St Louis, Center by doylestown, Center Stigler, Industry, Center Inc, Pavilion Wexford, expo, benefits.
I then scrolled down a little further and noticed the Google Search button, I’m Feeling Lucky, and after a click of that button I was pleasantly surprised by the results. It opened an article titled, What is Health and Wellness? This article was written by Medical Author, Rohini Radhakrishnan, ENT, Head and Neck Surgeon Medical and published to the website, MedicineNet. It was a very interesting article which I enjoyed reading because it provided great insight and discussed a different aspect of how Health and Wellness should be viewed in relation to each other.
I took the following excerpt from that article:
‘People often use the terms health and wellness interchangeably. Although a person cannot have one and not the other, they are two different concepts that are quite variable, and their meanings are different.
World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity (illness).”
WHO defines wellness as “the optimal state of health of individuals and groups,” and wellness is expressed as “a positive approach to living.”
The primary difference between health and wellness is that health is the goal and wellness is the active process of achieving it. You truly cannot have health without first achieving wellness. Wellness has a direct influence on overall health, which is essential for living a robust, happy, and fulfilled life.’
Where to from here?
To expand on this idea and explore the relationship between many of The Health And Wellness factors mentioned in the above excerpt, as well as the connection between those factors and the coldness with which people sometimes treat each other, it would be necessary to dig a little deeper into the psychological effects of ill health on people’s behavior and whether or not improved health can be used as a barometer to measure peoples’ feelings toward each other.
When you really think about it, relationships are at their coldest – countries as well as individuals – when there is little or no friendship; and there is little or no friendship when folks don’t know and trust each other; and folks don’t know and trust each other when there is little or no conversation or communication between and among them. So the only way to create warmth and end distrust between and among individuals, thereby beginning the “thaw” in these relationships is to get to know each other through meet and greet, time spent, and conversation. It is only then that we can begin to help each other in the most meaningful, caring and rewarding ways. The following paragraph provide an outline to our brand of solutions to some of life’s problems.
- Emotional Wellness – Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships;
- Mental Wellness – “A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community.”;
- Physical Wellness – Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep, as well as preventing illness and injury or managing chronic health conditions;
- Financial Wellness – Satisfaction with current and future financial situations;
- Environmental Wellness – Occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being;
- Spiritual Wellness – Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life, including one’s morals and ethics. It may or may not involve religious activities;
- Intellectual Wellness – recognizing one’s creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills;
- Social Wellness – Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system.
If I can show you a way to improve and enhance all of the above areas, would you be interested in learning how we accomplish all of these goals? If you answer yes, proceed to the form on this page, provide your contact information and we will set up a visual presentation via zoom for you. Thanks!
- Northwestern.edu[Internet]. Marysville, PA, USA: Wellness at Northwestern; 2020-. Wellness at Northwestern. Available from: https://www.northwestern.edu/wellness/8-dimensions/financial-wellness.html.
- AmericanMentalWellness.org [Internet]. American Mental Wellness Association. Evanston, IL, USA: 2021. Eight Dimensions. Available from: https://www.americanmentalwellness.org/intervention/definitions/.