We are coming to understand health not as the absence of disease, but rather as the process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence (i.e. sense that life is comprehensible, manageable, and meaningful) and ability to function in the face of changes in themselves and their relationships with their environment.
At a recent Happy at Work seminar for a large group of hospital staff, one participant told me to check out Aaron Antonovsky for his views on health – she thought his thoughts matched ours. I think so too :o)
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Great quote Alex, as always thank you for sharing and for placing other authors before us here.
Reference to "sense of coherence" made me think of Yeat’s famous lines from Second Coming –
Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Thanks Mike. I actually just saw that poem referenced in another context, namely here.