Philosophy and Psychology and Relationships11 Sep 2018 11:19 am

Well-being, is the sense of being or feeling well. Our general sense of well-being is often dependent on our staying within an acceptable range of functioning regarding basic physiology and biochemistry. Such ranges would include vital statistics such as blood pressure, body temperature and heart rate to blood sugar, cholesterol and dopamine. 

The term homeostasis has been given to this range of well being where organisms not only survive but thrive and flourish. Our general health and safety is generally assured when our  bodies and nervous systems stay within these ranges. Homeostasis (well-being) is therefore not a static state or reaching some ideal form of balance but rather the staying within a life affirming range in a host of variables.

While the staying within the acceptable biochemical and physiological ranges often results in our feeling good, safe and comfortable, we also can experience well-being on mainly emotional or psychological levels. Studies have shown that even when people stray beyond the acceptable ranges of biochemistry their emotional and psychological feelings of well-being can limit the harm or danger posed by their detrimental physiology. This is not to suggest that one can overcome all realities of physiology and biochemistry through attitude alone, but only that emotional and psychological well being can help lessen the danger and ill effects of our biochemistry slightly passing beyond the acceptable thresholds of homeostatic physiology. 

Organic homeostasis  and emotional/psychological well-being often reinforce each other resulting in our experiencing a high quality of life. Individuals who frequently experience well-being physiologically, emotionally and psychologically usually report a high quality of life resulting in a joyful and fulfilling existence.

I am currently planning on writing a book entitled Your Results May Vary, the third in a series of Art of Living Books which will focus attention on the experience of well-being and its impact on our lives. This post is the first in a series which will flesh out many of the themes I hope to expand on in the book regarding well-being, self-consciousness, the body and integrated experience.

Jim Guido

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