Dictionary

This is how we define various health contributing terms. In order to make this site more user-friendly we may have used some terms differetly from what you are used to.

  • Aerobic condition (Health aspect)

    How good the heart and lungs are trained to pump blood efficiently, allowing more oxygen to be delivered to muscles and organs. Your aerobic condition is typically improved through cardiovascular/cardiorespiratory exercise.
  • Air quality (Health aspect)

    How clean is the air you breathe.
  • Appreciation of art and beauty (Health aspect)

    Appreciation of art and beauty, or aesthetics, is the study of beauty and taste.
  • Authenticity (Health aspect)

    If you are authentic and genuine you are true to your self.
  • Avoiding irritants (Health aspect)

    Irritants in this context are substances that may cause injuries to the skin, the eyes or the airways after a single exposure.
  • Beautiful environment (Health aspect)

    Being surrounded by living and non-living things perceived as esthetically pleasing.
  • Breathing (Health aspect)

    Good breathing is about oxygen exchange: more oxygen enters the body and more carbon dioxide exits.
  • Character (Health aspect)

    The sum of qualities that defines a person. Some typical character traits that help us thrive are compassion, courage, integrity, honesty, dignity, excellence, being hard working, being responsible, fair and having patience[1].
  • Compassion, empathy and kindness (Health aspect)

    Compassion is the emotion that one feels in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help[7]. This health aspect also encompass altruism, empathy and kindness.
  • Conscientiousness (Health aspect)

    Conscientiousness is the personality trait of being thorough, careful, efficient, organized, neat, systematic, or vigilant. It implies a desire to do a task well.
  • Courage (Health aspect)

    Courage (also called bravery or valour) is the choice and willingness to confront agony, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. Physical courage is bravery in the face of physical pain, hardship, death or threat of death, while moral courage is the ability to act rightly in the face of popular opposition, shame, scandal, discouragement, or personal loss.
  • Diet (Health aspect)

    The sum of food consumed by a person.
  • Dreams and aspirations (Health aspect)

    Having a purpose or dream in life is about discovering a sense of meaningfulness in your life and coming to know that you have a purpose to fulfill.
  • Eating habits (Health aspect)

    Eating habits is how you cook and eat your food. See diet for what you should eat.
  • Emotional health (Health category)

    Our ability to understand and be responsive to our emotional experiences, to be able to feel the full range of our emotions and be at ease with it. It is also about coping with the challenges life can bring.
  • Encouragement (Health aspect)

    Encouragement is the act of encouraging or praising others.
  • Environmental health (Health category)

    Environmental health is about how the natural and built environment may affect your health. The ability to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities or our planet contributes to our environmental wellness.
  • Ergonomics (Health aspect)

    The study of designing equipment and devices that fit the human body and its cognitive abilities.
  • Eye health (Health aspect)

    Eye health is about maintaining good eyesight. It involves practices to protect the eye.
  • Finances (Health aspect)

    Personal finances or personal economy is about applying sound financial principals in making financial decisions in your personal life.
  • Flexibility (Health aspect)

    Also called limberness refers to the absolute range of movement in a joint or series of joints, and length in muscles that cross the joints to induce a bending movement or motion.
  • Forgiveness (Health aspect)

    A willingness to abandon one’s right to resentment, negative judgment, and indifferent behavior toward one who unjustly hurt us, while fostering the undeserved qualities of compassion, generosity, and even love toward him or her.
  • Fun and laughter (Health aspect)

    The enjoyment of pleasure such as leisure activities where you get to laugh.
  • Functional fitness (Health aspect)

    Functional fitness, balance, coordination, agility and body awareness can be improved through functional fitness training, free-form resistance training or neuromotor/neuromuscular exercise.
  • Generosity (Health aspect)

    Altruism, generosity and kindness is the habit of giving without expecting anything in return.
  • Goals (Health aspect)

    Having goals to aim for in life. This health aspect is different from purpose. Purpose is a more fixed long term aim or vision for life while goals are more "operational" and can often change. Most goals have a scope between 2 months and 5 years.
  • Gratitude (Health aspect)

    The appreciation of what is valuable and meaningful to oneself. It represents a general state of thankfulness and/or appreciation.
  • Harmonious passion (Health aspect)

    Harmonious passion is about being passionate about things yet having a harmonious life. It differs from obsessive passion which is a fixation with an object, person or activity[1].
  • Human touch (Health aspect)

    Being caressed or getting loving touches. Being showed affection. Getting kisses, light strokes.
  • Humility (Health aspect)

    Humility comes from understanding that you are not the center of the universe. Realizing that all things are connected and that we share the planet with all living things.
  • Integrity (Health aspect)

    The quality of being honest and having strong moral principles, showing a regular pattern of behavior that is consistent with espoused values (i.e., "practicing what you preach").
  • Intellectual health (Health category)

    The intellectual dimension of health encourages creative, stimulating activities such as being open to new ideas, thinking critically, and seeking out new challenges. New and exciting intellectual activities are important for good health. Continual growth and learning will help you stay sharp and live a fulfilling life.
  • Love and belonging (Health aspect)

    We have separated love and belonging from compassion although they are often used interchangeably. This health aspect is about love from your nearest friends and family while compassion is about how you are compassionate towards other people, also those outside your inner circle.
  • Love of learning (Health aspect)

    Lifelong learning may be broadly defined as learning that is pursued throughout life: learning that is flexible, diverse and available at different times and in different places. Lifelong learning is supported by the love of learning. See also Philomath.
  • Memory (Health aspect)

    The process in which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. Memory Loss is occasional forgetfulness or loss of short-term memory that interferes with daily life.
  • Mental health (Health category)

    Level of psychological well-being, or an absence of a mental disorder
  • Mental stimulation (Health aspect)

    Also called mental exercise is about giving your brain a good workout.
  • Mindfulness (Health aspect)

    The intentional, accepting and non-judgmental focus of one's attention on the emotions, thoughts and sensations occurring in the present moment.
  • Nature relatedness (Health aspect)

    Connectedness with nature.
  • Noise free environment (Health aspect)

    Noise, unwanted sound or sound pollution, is perceived as an environmental stressor and nuisance.
  • Non-violent communication (Health aspect)

    Nonviolent communication is about developing behaviours that reduce conflict and violence. We use the term Nonviolent communication in a more general sense. For the more formal definition and methodology of NVC see Center for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC).
  • Occupational health (Health category)

    Our workplace and homes are where most of us spend most of our time. A safe and healthy working environment and a safe home is therefore important to our overall health.
  • Open-mindedness and tolerance (Health aspect)

    Being open minded is about having higher imaginativeness, openness to new experiences and willingness to entertain novel ideas.
  • Peaceful home (Health aspect)

    Your home should be your sanctuary, a place free of stress. A place where your soul is nurtured.
  • Perseverance (Health aspect)

    Perseverance or grit is persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.
  • Personal hygiene (Health aspect)

    Personal hygiene refers to the comprehensive cleaning of and caring for your body.
  • Physical activity (Health aspect)

    Physical activity is any body movement that works your muscles and requires more energy than resting. Physical exercise can be seen as going a step further. Physical exercise is any bodily activity that enhances or maintains physical fitness and overall health and wellness.
  • Physical health (Health category)

    When your body is functioning as it was designed to function. Physical health is about personal attention to and maintenance of overall health through nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and positive healthy habits to maintain a healthy quality of life.
  • Planning abilities (Health aspect)

    Planning (also called forethought) is the process of thinking about and organizing the activities required to achieve a desired goal.
  • Positivity and optimism (Health aspect)

    The inclination to anticipate the best possible outcome for actions or events.
  • Posture (Health aspect)

    The position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole.
  • Proactive attitude towards health (Health aspect)

    Proactive people control situations by causing things to happen rather than waiting to respond after things happen. Being proactive is about taking responsibility for your own future.
  • Problem solving skills (Health aspect)

    The process of working through details of a problem to reach a solution.
  • Radiation exposure (Health aspect)

    The exposure caused by ionizing photons, namely X-rays and gamma rays. It is rare that people are exposed to dangerous amounts of radiation. However when combining several sources of radiation the combined level may have negative health impact over time. These are some sources that contribute to radiation: medical x-ray, living at high altitudes, frequent flying, nuclear medicine procedures (iodine-131, cesium-137, and others), building and road construction materials, combustible fuels, including gas and coal, X-ray security systems, older (cathode ray) televisions, fluorescent lamp starters, smoke detectors (americium), luminous watches (tritium), lantern mantles (thorium), tobacco (polonium-210), ophthalmic glass used in eyeglasses, some ceramics.
  • Relaxation (Health aspect)

    Relaxation is the release of tension, a return to equilibrium. It is the opposite of psychological stress. While stress management is about how to control the amount of stress you are exposed to, relaxation is more about healing and recovering from stress.
  • Safety while out (Health aspect)

    Taking proper safety precautions while away from the home.
  • Savoring (Health aspect)

    Savoring is the use of thoughts and actions to increase the intensity, duration, and appreciation of positive experiences and emotions.
  • Self affirmation (Health aspect)

  • Self-esteem (Health aspect)

    A person's overall subjective emotional evaluation of his or her own worth.
  • Self-knowledge (Health aspect)

    The ability to think about yourself and your relationship with the world around you. The ability to see how your emotions and perceptions are influencing your thinking and behavior. Self-knowledge is typically cultivated through self-reflection, self-evaluation and interactions with the world.
  • Self-regulation (Health aspect)

    Self-regulation, prudence, temperance, moderation, voluntary self-restraint or self-control is the capacity to control one’s impulses, both to stop doing something, if needed (even if one wants to continue doing it) and to start doing something, if needed (even if one doesn’t want to do it).
  • Sex life (Health aspect)

    The act of making love. Our use of sexuality centers around intimately touching each others' bodies and kissing. Sexual intercourse may or may not be part of the act.
  • Sleep (Health aspect)

    The quality of your sleep.
  • Social health (Health category)

    Social health and social wellness refers to the idea of being able to develop meaningful interpersonal relationships. It is about how you get along with other people, how other people react to you, and how you interact with society.
  • Social network (Health aspect)

    This health aspect is concerned with who you decide to spend time with, or who you include in your social network.
  • Social skills (Health aspect)

    Social skills or social competence is any skill facilitating interaction and communication with others.
  • Spiritual health (Health category)

    Spiritual health is about beliefs, demonstrating individual purpose and having a guiding sense of meaning or value in life. Your faith, values, beliefs, principles, and morals define your spirituality.
  • Strength (Health aspect)

    The ability to exert force on physical objects using muscles is improved with strength training/resistance exercise.
  • Stress management (Health aspect)

    Stress is a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. Stress Management techniques and psychotherapies are aimed at controlling stress, especially chronic stress.
  • Sunlight exposure (Health aspect)

    Exposure to sunlight.
  • Time with friends and family (Health aspect)

    How much time you spend with close friends and family who can give you social and emotional support.
  • Varied workout routines (Health aspect)

    Vary the type and order of exercises. Change the number of reps you do in each set, or the number of sets per exercise. Vary the resistance level. Vary the length of rest between workouts, reps or sets. Adjust how fast you exercise.
  • Volunteering and civic engagement (Health aspect)

    Participation in the community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community's future.
  • Water intake (Health aspect)

    Water is a critical nutrient whose absence will be lethal within days. Drinking water is also called hydration.
  • Work-life balance (Health aspect)

    A state of well-being that a person can reach or can set as a goal in order to allow them to manage effectively multiple responsibilities at work, at home and in their community.
  • Zest (Health aspect)

    Zest (enthusiasm, passion) is about living life with a sense of excitement, anticipation, and energy.