The World Health Organisation defines health as, “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being”. Consequently, Psychological Wellbeing plays an instrumental role in general health and in an individual’s ability to flourish.
How L&M Consider Psychological Wellbeing
L&M use the latest wellbeing research (see below) and research of how psychological wellbeing is gained to guide its work. Simply, we consider an individual as having positive, psychological wellbeing when s/he,
Feels competent, autonomous, valued, and that they are contributing to something worthwhile. Further, when s/he feels listened to, supported and part of a community.
Without exception, we find this; to be clearly understood, to represent how people want to feel, and, through a clear association with life experience, enables people to see how positive psychological wellbeing enables them to perform optimally. Further, it forms a clear basis for support that is; non-discriminatory (i.e., acceptable, non-threatening, achievable and effective to all), rewarding to provide, and contagious!
Consequently, Psychological Wellbeing IS NOT:
Such considerations have led to avoidance or to a limited view of how to improve psychological wellbeing and performance.
Defining Psychological Wellbeing: Research Summary
Academic consensus and across-nation policy agencies support psychological wellbeing as being the culmination of three distinct concepts (e.g., O’Donnell et al., 2014; OECD, 2013):
This conceptualisation of wellbeing; provides real information of how people relate to wellbeing, is measurable with major predictive power, and correlates with objective physiological measures of electrical activity in relevant brain areas. Practically, and most importantly, it provides an opportunity to confidently readdress previous limited perceptions of health and wellbeing for the benefit of individuals, organisations, and indeed, society.
O.Donnell, G., Deaton, A., Durand, M., Halpern, D., and Layard, R. (2014). Wellbeing and policy. Legatum Institute, London, UK.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (2013). OECD Guidelines on Measuring Subjective Well-being. OECD Publishing, Paris, France.