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What exactly is the definition of wellness?

We hear this word in the news, on billboards, in conversation and even here at work more than ever before. Interestingly, there is no universally-accepted definition of wellness, however, there is a set of common characteristics that is seen in most thoughtful attempts at a definition of wellness. There is generally seen a reference to a “state of well-being,” which is quite vague. Also frequently seen is a “state of acceptance or satisfaction with our present condition.”

The truth is, wellness is a tough word to define. Charles B. Corbin of Arizona State University gives this definition of wellness: “Wellness is a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a more holistic existence. Wellness is not something that happens to people, wellness is a state of being. Here at Grand Rapids Community College we have a number of ways for you to "plug-in" to wellness. You don't need to be a marathon runner or meditate for hours each day, but what's your next step to becoming a healthier person for yourself, your family, your students and our community? Won't you join us?!

We don't just offer physical wellness programs, we also offer mindfulness meditation classes.

What is mindfulness?

According to Mayo Clinic "Mindfulness is the act of being intensely aware of what you're sensing and feeling at every moment — without interpretation or judgment.

Spending too much time planning, problem-solving, daydreaming, or thinking negative or random thoughts can be draining. It can also make you more likely to experience stress, anxiety and symptoms of depression. Practicing mindfulness exercises, on the other hand, can help you direct your attention away from this kind of thinking and engage with the world around you."

What are the benefits of mindfulness exercises?

Practicing mindfulness exercises can have many possible benefits, including:

  • Reduced stress, anxiety and depression
  • Less negative thinking and distraction
  • Improved mood