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General Well Being

Knowing that our lives are going well and that we feel healthy is important to our overall sense of well-being. This feeling is characterized by both a sense of emotional and mental wellness and good general health. There are many factors and considerations that can contribute to the sense of well-being but maintenance of a good physical condition is certainly a key ingredient.

The quality of life is generally higher for those individuals who look after their emotional and physical health. Studies have found that well-being is correlated to age and that those aged 20-39 had a better sense of this than those over 40. This could be due to the increase in age-related health conditions that impact self-perception of overall wellness. Those who take more interest in managing their own biological condition may be able to maintain their overall health status longer and have a stronger sense of well-being. In fact, the integration of general measures of mental and physical conditions leads to a more holistic approach to disease prevention and health promotion.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States notes that “higher levels of well-being are associated with decreased risk of disease, illness, and injury; better immune functioning; speedier recovery; and increased longevity.” They go on to say “Individuals with high levels of well-being are more productive at work and are more likely to contribute to their communities.” Overall, well-being plays an extremely important role in maintenance of health and prevention of illness.

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