Good Health and Well-Being

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| Editors: Walter Leal Filho, Tony Wall, Anabela Marisa Azul, Luciana Brandli, Pinar Gökcin Özuyar

Holistic Well-Being: Mental, Physical, and Spiritual

  • Lynette SteeleEmail author
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The definition of health according to the World Health Organization is a “state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity” (World Health Organization). The Anglo-Saxon word for health is häl, also translated as “whole” or “wholeness.” Derived from its original meaning, health in the truest sense, therefore, implies a state of wholeness. Or as Ballantine (1999:5) states, “perhaps the simplest definition of healing is to make whole.”

The questions might be as follows: What state of wholeness would this be? What components of a patient’s life need to be included in this definition of wholeness to align it with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3 (SDG 3) for 2030 to “ensure healthy lives and promote...

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  1. 1.Women’s Health and Well-beingPrivate Medical PracticeCape TownSouth Africa

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