Understanding the REAL Nature of the Wellness Concept

Introduction: What’s Wellness?

As a result of the time period wellness has been used indiscriminately for many years, many have deserted it for extra generic labels (e.g., well being promotion). Others nonetheless, particularly those that embraced and utilized it many years in the past, proceed to explain wellness as a constructive life-style for anybody searching for to thrive, flourish and maintain vitality and wellbeing. Wellness advocates and promoters don’t mistake the time period, first used within the 1950’s by doctor Halbert L. Dunn with points that relate to prevention, well being training, different medication, the enterprise of spas, product promotions or different unrelated industries.

Nonetheless, since so many medical individuals, entrepreneurs, different medication advocates, spa promoters and various New Age hippie dippies like actress Gwyneth Paltrow have embraced the time period for their very own disparate pursuits unrelated to non-public accountability, I made a decision many years in the past to create a model for genuine wellbeing.

To tell apart my work advancing a constructive life-enhancing mannequin based mostly upon the true nature and logical dimensions of constructive wellness, I added the modifier REAL to the phrase wellness. REAL is an acronym; the 4 letters R-E-A-L representing motive, exuberance, athleticism and liberty.

How Is This Type of Wellness Totally different?

REAL wellness is about constructive approaches, views and potentialities for reinforcing high quality of life. Threat discount, medical administration, prevention and all else designed for price containment in company wellness programming are nicely and good, as are medical companies, medical testing and most customary well being care companies. Nevertheless it’s greatest to not confuse such choices with the unique, real type of wellness. The latter entails a spotlight past (and never together with) the absence of ills, dysfunctions and discontents.

REAL wellness invitations steady studying about and advances towards life-affirming issues, together with however not restricted to happiness, constructive passions, that means and goal, pleasure and affection, efficient decision-making and expansions of private freedoms. It is all about residing the sort of life you need to get pleasure from whereas being in high kind bodily in addition to of sound thoughts.

If you are going to make investments time and power taking care of your self, do not accept devices, diets, dilettante exertions or something shy of REAL wellness.

Defending the Integrity and That means of the Idea

You may share my concept that different makes use of of wellness with out this modifier are, extra probably than not, FAKE wellness. I am happy to announce that I’ve been granted a registered trademark for REAL wellness ® by america Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO).

The primary particular person I instructed in regards to the award of the REAL wellness trademark was Dr. Grant Donovan, the Halbert L. Dunn of Australia who popularized wellness within the 80’s and 90’s Downunder and with whom I’ve labored intently since. This is what he wrote in a congratulatory e-mail:


Wellness has change into a catchall advertising time period, on a really lengthy continuum, for everybody from medical and pseudo-health teams to resort homeowners, spa promoters and tour operators. In actual fact, it might be exhausting to discover a extra bastardized phrase, in any language. 

So, in a randomly assembled and utterly meaningless world that’s over populated with people, who’re all right here by likelihood relatively than alternative, I see a wellness life-style as a enjoyable option to fill within the time between beginning and dying, not a option to hold individuals alive to expertise a demented or painful finish. That is simply not REAL wellness.

Good luck getting wellness again on observe. I hope REAL wellness helps not less than just a few individuals discover a enjoyable path to the abyss.



Do not be fooled by those that peddle companies and merchandise as if there have been a shortcut or different to adopting a philosophy and creating/fine-tuning a life-style that retains you in high kind mentally and bodily. There are not any shortcuts or easy potentialities for real wellbeing past the limiting norms of the final inhabitants. To be on the time of your recreation, that’s, profitable at life in all crucial methods, accept nothing lower than REAL wellness.

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