What is Wellth?


There are a lot of wellness websites and blogs that I regularly read, one of which is mindbodygreen.  Recently the founder and CEO of this site, Jason Wachob, wrote a book called “Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume”, which discusses living a life of abundance, purpose, health and joy through mental, physical and emotional health. While I have not read the book, I like this spin on the word “wealth.”  When we see or hear this word, our minds typically go to monetary wealth, as in being rich and well off.  But wealth is so much more than that.  It is, as coined in this book, “wellth.”

Let’s go beyond the dictionary definition of wealth, beyond the monetary possessions, the abundance of cash and the black AMEX card.  Instead of focusing on what we don’t have or how much money we make, how about we focus on our health?  Our physical health – those daily activities that get us movin’ and groovin’ and the nutrition with which we sustain our bodies.  Our mental health – the tone of our minds (hopefully more on the positive end) and how we speak to ourselves.  And our emotional health – how we interact with others and the emotional support system we build around our lives.  Let’s focus on “wellth.”

I don’t know about you, but this little twist on an everyday word is just plain brilliant.

I thought the perfect place to start thinking about “wellth” is to write down what it means to me.  What do I consider a “wellth-y” life?  Here is my list.

A “Wellth-y” Life is…

  • Laughter and smiles.  And then more laughter.
  • “Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan
  • The unconditional love of a dog
  • A good book that you just can’t put down
  • Hugs and kisses from the one you love
  • Giving your time, resources, and/or money to those less fortunate
  • A clean, organized house and a stocked fridge
  • JERF (just eat real food)
  • Sweating once a day
  • Complete and restful sleep
  • Friends who are there for you no matter what
  • Respect for Earth and the other creatures who share our world
  • Sharing a homemade meal with loved ones
  • A positive outlook, even on the toughest of days
  • Time for work and time for play
  • Having the love of a wonderful and supportive family
  • Reduce, reuse, recycle
  • “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” – Luke 6:31
  • Living your passion in whatever way you can
  • A positive self-image
  • Being grateful for what you do have in life
  • Spending time in nature

This certainly is not an exhaustive list and I could probably go on for days, but these are the biggies for me.  This list encompasses the standards by which I try to live my life. Of course I slip up sometimes, but that’s what it means to be human. You live and you learn. You continue to work to be the best that you can be. It is a reminder of what is important.  What I am thankful I have in my life and what I absolutely cannot live without.

In my mind, the biggest killer of “wellth” is not living your own truth.  Whether that is through constant comparison to others, living someone else’s dream, regretting something you may have done in your past or just giving up when the going gets rough.

What does a “wellth-y” like look like to you?

Peace, love and wellth,

The Yogi~Foodie

CC image courtesy of Dawn Ellner on flickr

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