What is Psychological Wellbeing?

The World Health Organisation defines health as, “a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing”. Consequently, psychological wellbeing plays an instrumental role in general health and in an individual’s ability to thrive.

How We Consider Psychological Wellbeing
L&M use the latest wellbeing research (see research summary below) and research of how psychological wellbeing is gained to guide its work. Simply, we consider an individual as having 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, people find this;
 

For organisations it provides a clear basis for support and development that is non-discriminatory, i.e., acceptable, non-threatening, achievable and effective to all, and rewarding to inspire.

It also challenges inaccurate perceptions of psychological wellbeing that have led to it being dismissed or limited in its ability to achieve health and performance gains. For example, that psychological wellbeing is: the absence of mental health concerns, ‘fluffy’ happiness, vague and immeasurable, only of concern to ‘the weak’, and the sole responsibility of the individual.

Research Summary: Defining Psychological Wellbeing
Our practical definition is in keeping with academic consensus and across-nation policy agencies that support psychological wellbeing as being the culmination of three distinct concepts (e.g., O’Donnell et al., 2014; OECD, 2013):
 

This definition of wellbeing; provides real information of how people relate to wellbeing, is measurable with major predictive power, and correlates with objective physiological measures of brain activity.

Practically, and most importantly, it provides an opportunity to confidently readdress previously limited perceptions of health and wellbeing for the benefit of individuals, organisations, and indeed, society.

References
– 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.

Where are L&M Based?
L&M are based in London and SE England, but can provide support face-to-face and remotely across the UK and beyond.