Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Well-Being Agents: Calling all Well-Being Agents to Purpose

Hey everybody:
Is there anyone out there?

What do we need to do to have you folks join in the discussion? Remember, we can’t not make a difference; so all that’s left is to make the difference we really want to make.

Make a difference here; share your thoughts about how we can make the promotion of “Well-Being” an interesting conversation.

Have a fun and fulfilling day, Elder-Dude.


Evan said...

I think health/wellbeing is doing well where you are.

So some who look sick in a good situation (say middle class suburbia) might be doing very well in their situation (say a war zone)

Arlin K. Pauler said...

Are you saying that Well-Being is a matter of doing the best we can in what ever situation we are in?

Evan said...

Sort of. I do think the doing better or worse is observable (or has observable features, not just a matter of trying), adn that the situation matters and is (to some extent moldable). Saying 'doing the best we can' (for me) has a feeling of focusing on the individual (and their internal state - initiative or whatever).

Maybe this is just being picky about words.

Arlin K. Pauler said...

Being picky about words is how we get to the truth they refer to. So it's fine by me.
I'm not sure which words you are picking apart. I want to get your point; please expand on your thought a bit?

Evan said...

I'm being picky about 'health' and 'wellbeing'.

Saying 'doing the best we can' for me feels like an emphasis on the individual. Saying 'doing well where you are' has more feeling for the situation as well.

Both the situation and the individual are important for me.

Arlin K. Pauler said...


I really like that you expanded on this. It will hone my ability to explain my thoughts.

I think I get it. I agree that both the individual and the situation are integral as the basis for greater Well-Being. I tend to focus on nurturing Well-Being more from the stand point of the individual because it seems to me that situations are the collective social consequences born of individual people making individual choices; for better or worse.

I’m thinking more in terms of inside-out, as in living “authentically”, and from the bottom grass roots up.

I discovered inspiration for this approach in the quote by Margaret Mead: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has”.

Evan said...

Especially with a blog we are addressing individuals and so focus on what individuals can do.

I might emphasise the situation a little much - I really don't agree with the extreme positive thinking view that if you think about it the right way then everything will be good and you'll be happy all the time. So I probably define myself against this a little.

As you work with organisations I guess you don't need to do this as you are possibly dealing with the social aspect.