What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is defined as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy” (Oxford English Dictionary, 2019). It is a way of understanding or thinking about what conditions are needed for us all to thrive (ONS, Reflections on Measuring National Well-being July 2013).

“Wellbeing is present when a person realises their potential, is resilient in dealing with the normal stresses of their life, takes care of their physical wellbeing and has a sense of purpose, connection and belonging to a wider community. It is a fluid way of being, and needs nurturing throughout life.” (WHO, 2001; NCCA, 2017)

Although the dimensions that create and affect wellbeing are highly subjective to each individual student, Brenda Myles identifies that one of the simplest wellbeing models of practice for parents and education professionals to follow is ‘The Golden Rule, PLUS’.

To watch The Golden Rule: Brenda Myles ‘Kindness’ please click here

Indicators of Wellbeing

Considering the definition of wellbeing provided by the World Health Organisation (WHO, 2001) and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA, 2017); there are three broad indicators that matter most in terms of wellbeing:

  • Dealing with everyday stresses, which in other words is ‘Achieving the good life’
    • This section provides an insight into identifying what impacts a child or young person’s well-being and how to support happiness.
  • Taking care of self
    • Useful strategies to support the development of skills for life, realising potential, self-esteem and confidence are explored in this section.
  • Providing a sense of purpose, connection and belonging
    • Understanding ‘what is important to the individual’, this section provides strategies on inclusion and supporting the development of useful life skills. 

Wellbeing Factors

It is also important to consider what factors can affect a person’s behaviour when considering their wellbeing.

The practical strategies provided within this resource can be implemented by or with the child or young person to support their wellbeing.