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What are the differences between wellbeing and quality of life and what is the way to achieve them?

What are the differences between wellbeing and quality of life and what is the way to achieve them?

Wellness week recently passed. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) and the World Economic Forum are organizations promoter of this initiativeWhich seeks to develop a social movement that promotes actions for healthy living and draws attention to the problem among people, policy makers, communities and employers.

The concept of well-being is not easy to define, as there are many ways to look at it.

Wellbeing: Looking for a Definition

Authors Richard Lucas, Ed Diener, and Yunkuk Suh consider wellness to be composed of three factors: life satisfactionThere are positive effects and negative effects and this has been confirmed in many studies.

It reflects the evaluation that a person makes in his life. cognitive words (life satisfaction) and emotional (emotional balance between positive and negative influences).

This subjective welfare, then, a . will result in balance global (degree of satisfaction) that a person makes from their significant opportunities (personal and social resources), during the events they encounter and the emotional experiences derived from it, suggest Amálio Blanco and Darío Díaz.

Meanwhile, psychologist Rocio Fernández-Ballesteros has proposed a model of satisfaction with life in which exercise (understood as physical activity, satisfaction and social connection from it) and Health (physical illness and subjective health) are the variables with the most impact.

Other writers have other issues in mind when talking about wellbeing.

Well-Being And Quality Of Life Are Not The Same.  Photo Shutterstock.


Well-being and quality of life are not the same. photo shutterstock.

What are we talking about when we talk about quality of life?

There are similar points in the concept of quality of life and some other differences, especially with regard to objective factor Which gives satisfaction to the people.

Quality of life, conceptualized by some authors, can be thought of in five distinct areas:

  • fit (with concepts such as health, physical safety),
  • material well-being (with reference to income, goods, housing, transportation, etc.),
  • social welfare (personal relationship, friendship, family, community),
  • evolve (productivity, contribution, education)
  • You emotional well-being (self-esteem, mindset, emotional intelligence, religion, spirituality).

In any case, this doesn’t seem to be the most common use of the concept.

Self-Knowledge, The Key To Well-Being.  Photo Shutterstock.


Self-knowledge, the key to well-being. photo shutterstock.

reflective science

For meditation as a contemplative science, the concept of wellness refers to a path of self-discovery and a process of inner transformation that be more aware every day,

Well-being is a process, a self-development, which, while being influenced and conditioned by the outside, is one strong anchor in person, Especially in terms of the responsibility to manifest it in our lives.

but beware! that the person is obvious to the general. man one to be related, to be bonded, It is not possible to separate from our environment.

When we hear the concept of “quality of life”, we think more external conditionsChances of meeting needs and feeling good about it.

economic income, for example, appears to be very important to achieve the conditions mentioned. Thus, a considerable difference is seen with wellbeing.

Practicing Mindfulness Helps Reduce Emotional Reactivity.  Photo Shutterstock.


Practicing mindfulness helps reduce emotional reactivity. photo shutterstock.

Mindfulness or the Path to Inner Transformation

Getting started in a mindfulness program is to choose a path of wellbeing that involves developing the courage to find and produce oneself real change in our life.

As Carolina Munoz, the psychologist responsible for the stress and anxiety management programs in our Train Your Brain Argentina space, “participants felt they could approach situations difficult for them more calmly.”

“In their stories they show how they begin to use that little space of freedom that all people have to consciously decide what to do, how to act against the daily stresses,” he says. .

And he affirms that “the possibility of being able to respond consciously as a substitute” impulsive and automatic response start seeing situations from a different perspective and their way of living in them is more conducive.”

It brings as a result “greater well-being in your life” decreased emotional response,

Among other aspects, “it reduces the production of cortisol and increases the possibility of self-knowledge and self-regulation of our emotions.”

In the organizational sphere, reflective practices also have an impact, especially in the post-pandemic uncertainty and ambiguity.

well being in organizations

For psychologist Cecilia Lindner of our business-oriented team, “The challenge for organizations is cultural, and working on wellbeing is to understand that it is fundamental to keep people in the center and incorporate it into the organizational design”.

Companies that manage with their talent to lead a “life balance” They are the ones who will be able to better adapt to the new challenges presented by the context, as well-being is already Cannot be thought of as an embedded program Organizational design however must have a value that works from policies, strategies and practices every day (understanding that it is multidimensional).

That is why the development of soft skills or soft skills A key point of investing in a leadership position is “although it takes time and strong commitment of all those involved to achieve it, because the leader is the bridge between the company and the people who produce the results”.

As she suggests, “flexibility, empathy, attentive listening, assertive communication, identity of humanity Sharing is increasingly essential to the integrity and synergy of work teams, therefore to the life of organizations”.

*Martin Renoso is a psychologist, director of Train Your Brain Argentina, and author of “Mindfulness, Scientific Meditation”.

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