THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ‘HEALTH’


We have heard the word ‘health’ used quite frequently. We use it ourselves as well, when we say things like ‘my grandmother’s health is not good’. Our teachers use it when they scold us saying ‘this is not a healthy attitude’. What does the word ‘health’ mean?

If we think about it, we realise that it always implies the idea of ‘being well’. We can think of this well-being as effective functioning. For our grandmothers, being able to go out to the market or to visit neighbours is ‘being well’, and not being able to do such things is ‘poor health’. Being interested in following the teaching in the classroom so that we can understand the world is a ‘healthy attitude’; while not being interested is
considered the opposite. ‘Health’ is therefore a state of being well enough to function well physically, mentally and socially.

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