Well-being is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.” There are multiple aspects of well-being in addition to the physical—emotional, spiritual, psychological, social, and economic, to name a few—and although these needs are universal, our access to and experience of them can vastly differ depending on the many facets of our identity.
Resilience is the ability to face and handle life’s challenges, whether everyday disappointments or extraordinary disasters. While resilience is innate in the brain, over time we learn unhelpful patterns, which then become fixed in our neural circuitry.
In the latest in our series of articles leading up to COP26, Mayor of Bilbao, Juan Mari Aburto, tells SmartCitiesWorld how the city council is building wellbeing metrics into its sustainability and climate action plans for the long term.
Much of what we think will improve our wellbeing is either misguided or just plain wrong. Contrary to what many people believe, wellbeing isn’t just about being happy. Nor is it only about being wealthy or successful. And it’s certainly not limited to physical health and wellness.
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