Our health, social relationships and environment all influence our wellbeing. If we live in a rainy country, for example, it can make us feel miserable and suffer from seasonal depression. Our social and spiritual health also depends on our environment. Ideally, we should be surrounded by a pleasant and positive environment, which will make us feel more contented and fulfilled. But the question remains, how much significance should we give to wellbeing in our lives?
We all want to be happy and healthy, but this does not mean that happiness is the same as wellbeing. We must also remember that achieving happiness is not the same as being physically healthy. Wellbeing can be achieved even in the face of challenges, if we put our minds to it. But what defines happiness and wellbeing? There are many aspects that make up our well-being, including our outlook and past experiences. Physical trauma can negatively affect our wellbeing. A child with learning disorders, for example, can face more stress than a typically-developing child.
The CDC states that positive emotions are heritable. Positive emotions may have a genetic set-point, but the influence of environment on our well-being is significant. Furthermore, many factors influence our well-being, including our life experiences and family life. That is why it is so important to address mental health in the workplace, as it can help us live happier lives. The CDC encourages employers to prioritize mental health in the workplace.