Wellbeing! We all have a general sense of what "wellbeing" means to us. But underneath that general sense, what improves or harms wellbeing? What is it that generates a sense of wellbeing? What kinds of things can harm your wellbeing?
Can events from your childhood affect how you feel today? Why not even events that occurred when you were in the womb? Could what you breath affect your wellbeing? Genetic factors? What you eat? Where you live? Who your friends are? How you live? How you stop to smell the flowers? What if you never do...stop to smell flowers?
Through a series of studies, I led development of a Wellbeing Self-Assessment that has been used more and more in the health care field. Working with a multi-disciplinary teams of experts we ended up with a self-assessment that is a balanced scorecard with 10-item scales for self-assessing and measuring wellbeing in four domains we take to be fundamental to the human experience: Bio-Physical, Psycho-Emotional, Socio-Relational and Religio-Spiritual. We refer to these four domains of wellbeing as BIO, EMO, RELA and SPIR.
Wellbeing Self-Assessment is an active and growing line of research and service, working with a number of health care organizations. You'll get chances to learn a LOT more about these domains of wellbeing if you visit here now and then. Right now, I'd like to pose one BIG question to get this blog going: Is one of these domains (BIO, EMO, RELA, SPIR) more important to human wellbeing than another? Write your story or impression from your own research or experience.
Richard served in the US Air Force, and later completed his PhD at UT Austin in a multi-disciplinary program on methods of studying human behavior. He has since led many intervention studies with the common aim of improving health system performance.