Wellness involves making every effort with respect to upbeat growth. It calls attention to optimal performance by detecting and propping up those dynamics that permit persons to be physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy. It encompasses accountability and self-actualization. Authors Granello and Young are of the opinion that wellness is illustrated by the person who is relentlessly working on forming a sense of well-being and quality of life in all areas, even when hurting from severe or prolonged mental physical problem. This illustration indicates a sense of personal responsibility and self-actualization. Also, Arloski considers wellness as the willful effort made by individuals to improve their health and welfare. However, focusing only on physical lifestyle changes that lead to wellness should not be the main focus in the quest for wellness. Spiritual lifestyle and changes should be incorporated in this quest for optimal performance. A biblical worldview of wellness emphasizes a responsibility on individuals to care for the body. Corinthians 6: 19-20 states that “know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (KJV). Although a biblical worldview acknowledges the importance of physical exercise in terms of optimum wellbeing, it calls for more focus on spiritual wellness as stated in 1 Timothy 4:7-8 “exercise thyself rather unto godliness. For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things” (KJV). Also, biblical worldview sees a correlation between sin and wellness. Psalm 38:3-4 state that “there is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin” (KJV). This passage indicates that sin negatively impacts our health and well-being. However, God has power over health and stress. He urges us to come to him with our burdens and find rest (Mathew 11:28-29, KJV). Learning to live a life according to God’s plan based on biblical worldview is an integral part of complete wellness.
Arloski, M. (2014). Wellness coaching for lasting lifestyle change (2nd ed.). Duluth, MN: Whole Person Associates.
Granello, D. H., & Young, M. E. (2012). Counseling today, foundations of professional identity. New York, NY: Pearson Learning Solutions.