What's Well-being? - Duke's Materia Tonica

Well-being is the Merit of Cultivating Health and Wellness 


Someone's well-being is how they view the quality of health with their body, emotions, mind, and spirit; well-being is the pursuit of having greater wellness.

Well-being includes how someone thinks about the functioning, healing, growth, and development of the their body, their feelings about oneself, other's, and one's environment, their capabilities to think and learn, and the broad nature of spirit within their life

The day-to-day awareness of well-being is related to how someone adapts to their life. Aspects of developing greater well-being are:

  • Increased tolerance of work and satisfaction of exercise and fitness.
  • Understanding the reasons for their feelings and emotional expression.
  • The capability to assimilate information, create ideas, and educate oneself in subjects.
  • Progress spiritually with greater insight into themselves, their community, and the world.

Money and finances are not related to Well-being

Personal wealth is not well-being. The essence of someone is not money.

The amount of money someone has does not directly determine or influence their body, emotions, mind, and spirit. The degree of finances are transitory, in that they come and go throughout life, and are used as a way to attain the necessities and tools required for living.

For example: money itself does not feed the body; the monetary value of someone's home, car, and things are not related to how someone feels; transacting money, in and of itself, doesn't make someone more intelligent and capable with information and education; and spiritual enlightenment is not how much stuff someone owns and how much money they have in the bank. 

Well-being is not Related to Diseases and Drugs

Well-being is different than having a disease or condition or the use of drugs.

Well-being is not having or preventing a disease or condition. Well-being is not the state someone feels when using drugs for bodily disorders, including pain, or to manage and treat emotional or mental states.