What is health ?

Everyone now seems to be in a discussion on remaining healthy all their lives.

Yes, a focus on health is necessary and a positive trait. For this, however, we need to understand what health truly is.

WHO defines health as “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”


Would we have had successful lives like Helen Keller, President Roosevelt, Stephen Hawking and millions of people who have contributed a great deal to humanity if their focus was on the limitation ? Could they have done what they did had they focused only on what difficulty they had? They became inspirations as they focused on what they could do instead of just focusing on their so called limitation.

Limitations are limitations only if we view them as predicaments. If there is an issue, we only need to handle them to the best of our ability. In a sense, when challenged, we can overcome every form of adversity and use even the worst of circumstances as a springboard for new growth and development.

An option is of course to indulge in self-pity that can only cause depression and stress, another prevalent condition in today’s world.

Yet another option is obsessing over the so-called ailment and turning into a hypochondriac.

In all areas, all we need to remember is that the choice is ours. No matter what the circumstances, we have a choice to define our life, of which health is of course, a component. An important component but nevertheless, just a component. By giving this component much more importance than it deserves, we can only do a disservice to ourselves and by extension, to our complete health that I would prefer to call well being.

The fact is we shall remain healthy when our body, mind and spirit is fully aligned. For this, we must understand that health is not just the absence of illness but a state of being over which we actually have complete control.

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