Health, Wellness, and the Pursuit of Happiness
1. Health is a centerpiece of the United Nationsʼ efforts to promote human development,
and modern society has made profound strides in fighting infectious disease and raising
life expectancies around the world. Yet we still find the provision of care and the
promotion of healthy living to be a perennial challenge, one that knows no boundaries but
nonetheless reveals gaping inequities within and between countries worldwide.
Moreover, even when physically healthy, we struggle to feel truly well; despite living (on
average) longer and more comfortable lives than countless generations of human beings
before us, a true sense of happiness and well-being often eludes us.
– What does it mean to be healthy?
– What does it mean to be happy? And how can we get there?