Wellness and well-being are two terms that have often been used interchangeably. As a writer, I would like to accept that I have used these terms as synonyms sometimes. But the question is, are they truly the same, or we have been using these terms the wrong way?

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Here, we talk about some light-hearted topics to add up to your knowledge. Today, I am going to be sharing some thoughts and facts about how wellness and well-being are similar or different from each other?  

The search engine definitions of the two terms go like this:

Wellness – the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal

Well-being – the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy

As per these definitions, the two terms denote the two different states of being happily alive.

Are wellness and well-being different?

Wellness and well-being are descendants of the same family tree that promotes and propagates health and happiness. They are not the same but both of them are extremely essential for maintaining and leading a good and healthy life.

The evolution of language and words have been a significant part of human interaction and communication ever since the world came into existence. Words begin as jargon and then gradually over time become a part of the common, day-to-day usage. Susie Ellis, the chairman of Global Wellness Institute, discusses this in reference to the wellness industry which was valued at $3.4 trillion (in 2017) in her Huffpost contribution. However, the recent statistics count the global wellness market valued at over $4.75 trillion.

She discusses how “wellness” began with the term “spa”. And then, how soon “well-being” became another contribution to the discussion. So, let’s continue and try to understand how and what differentiates these terms from one another?



What is wellness?     

Health as a concept, sadly, has always been viewed from the perspectives of physical health. A person in “good health” means the absence of any physical illness. We have failed to acknowledge that human experience is an amalgamation of four components – mental wellness, emotional wellness, spiritual wellness, and physical wellness. All of these together contribute and create what we term as “wellness”. 

If well-being and happiness is the ultimate goal, wellness is the journey that helps us achieve them. Hence, it is based on our actions. It is based on the simplest principle of life – you get what you work for.

As a term, it is one big umbrella that protects different aspects of an individual’s well-being under its shed – beauty, mindfulness, mental health, physical exercises, nutrition, healthy relationships, and even financial health.


What is well-being?

Well-being is the fulfillment of one’s goals. Happiness and contentment, with more awareness and conversations thankfully, have become a priority over the insane race of possessing and owning more materialistically. Well-being is the sum total of a human’s wellness (in all aspects) and happiness. It is a combined result of our lifestyle, our living conditions, our relationships with the people in our lives, our work life, our mental and emotional health.

If wellness is the process, well-being is the end result. It is the ultimate achievement of the feel-good, feel happy. And, not to mention, this achievement is never totally stable. It keeps on going up and down as we live and experience our life.

Well-being as a term is the result of how we perceive life, how we feel about ourselves and those around us. It is not just about being in good shape and eating well. It is the end product of everything we do during the day, in the form of feelings at the end of the day.




How are wellness and well-being related?

The two terms go hand-in-hand. There cannot be well-being without wellness. Wellness cannot exist if well-being is not the goal. Wellness plays a pivotal role in our well-being and our well-being helps us decide our wellness habits.

Therefore, to keep the momentum of the two stable, we ought to practice a few basic yet significant things.

        Eating healthy to keep our body fit and functioning

        Drinking water regularly, both for healthy organs and healthy skin

        Moving our body daily to boost not just our physical health but the self-esteem too

        Keeping up with our mental and emotional wellness by being vocal about it

        Building social connections and healthy relationships

        Surrounding yourself with people that bring out the best in you

        Keeping check of your finances

        And, most importantly, being easy on yourself when life gets hard 

These are a few of the many ways that can help us strike a balance between the two.



To summarize and to answer the question – yes, wellness and well-being are different.

Wellness is the doing and well-being is the acknowledgment and understanding of these doings. The former is a set of our day-to-day habits and behaviors while the latter is our state of mind in response to them.

For me, wellness is working on my blogs and client projects and well-being is the feedback I receive from you all, my readers 😉

I know, it gets kind of crazy while doing it. But, that’s exactly how I manage it.

So, go ahead share this blog, and do not forget to comment below about your personal definitions or meanings of the two terms. I’ll share the best on my LinkedIn profile among the industry professionals 😉

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This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. Evita

    For me, wellness is working on my blogs and client projects and well-being is the feedback I receive from you all, my readers 😉–loved this example! I often used these terms synonymously. Thank you for this blog, Shweta!

  2. Mai

    This is a really insightful article, Shweta! I’ve always used the two interchangeably and it’s nice to know how these two differ. One’s more of a process, while the other is the end goal.

  3. Paige

    I love the idea that wellbeing is a “sum-total” or end result/goal. You also describe its depth, variety, and nuances in a way that go far beyond being “happy”. I can experience wellbeing while experiencing a variety of emotions. Great article, thank you!

  4. Gozde

    I like this article, there are great points. I checked the WHO definition of wellness, and that is “the optimal state of health of individuals and groups.” And then I checked well-being, but I see that there is not one universal definition of both of these terms for they are multidimensional concepts. So, I understand why they have been used interchangeably.

  5. Samriddh Tyagi

    I loved this article. Best point I never knew wellness has 5 sub components. Never thought wellness and wellbeing are 2 different aspects. Thanks for enlighten me..

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