Happy New Year - Happy You!

Happy New Year!  It’s the beginning of 2014, many of us have already made (and broken) our New Year’s Resolutions.  Ever wonder about why we do this?  Here are some interesting facts.

The tradition of making New Year's Resolutions was started by early Babylonians. Their most common resolution was to return borrowed farm equipment so they could begin the new year with a clean slate. Others believe that New Year’s Resolutions were once promises made to the gods, in the hope that the gods would grant them some favor in return.

About 40 to 45% of adults make one or more New Year's resolutions each year, with the most popular resolutions being weight loss, exercise and quitting smoking or drinking. Other resolutions include completing assignments on time, getting more sleep, money management, and debt reduction.

All this effort focuses on our “wellness” what does that really mean?  Charles B. Corbin of Arizona State University gives this definition of wellness:

“Wellness is a multidimensional state of being describing the existence of positive health in an individual as exemplified by quality of life and a sense of well-being.”  

Today, the concept of wellness moves the definition of health and well-being away from a mindset based in the management of disease and into the areas of prevention and proactive strategies. 

The wellness dimensions provide rich environments for living. Wellness becomes a framework that is valuable for serving the wants and needs of a person engaged in life.  There dimensions of wellness can be divided as follows:

  • Emotional
  • Intellectual
  • Physical
  • Professional/Vocational
  • Social
  • Spiritual
  • Environmental

For more information about dimensions of wellness, check out the ICAA and Definition of Wellness websites.

Homewood Library will be sponsoring workshops focused on different areas of wellness from keeping healthy to managing money.  Stay tuned as we highlight specific workshops throughout the month of January. 

To see the latest schedule of events, check our online calendar.