Health is not just absence of disease but a state of overall wellbeing. In 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) defined health with a phrase that is still used today. “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
“A resource for everyday life, not the objective of living. Health is a positive concept emphasizing social and personal resources, as well as physical capacities.”
This means that health is a resource to support an individual’s function in wider society. A healthful lifestyle provides the means to lead a full life.
More recently, researchers have defined health as the ability of a body to adapt to new threats and infirmities. They base this on the idea that modern science has dramatically increased human awareness of diseases and how they work in the last few decades.
Access to healthcare plays a role, but the WHO suggests that the following factors may have a bigger impact on health than this:
- where a person lives
- the state of the surrounding environment
- education level
- relationships with friends and family
The old adage ‘Health is Wealth’ is indeed true. A person can have billions of Dollars and yet be chronically sick. A great way to stay happy when you are poor is by keeping good health.
This does not mean you join an expensive gym or indulge in sports that needs pricey equipment.
Walking or jogging, bicycling to work if possible and practicing Yoga, among other activities are something that can be done free of cost. Yet they provide immense health benefits.
Good health ensures you do not have to spend money on expensive treatment and medicines.