Health means different things to the different person. To some, it means not having pain anywhere in the body. Others think of it as being free of illness or diseases. According to World Health Organization (WHO), " Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of diseases or infirmity" but apparentlythere is more to health than just that.Let us look at the other three aspects mentioned in the definition "complete physical, mental and social well-being"
Physical health means how well all the different parts of the body function.Mental health refers to the ability to think clearly and sensibly, and social well-beings means the ability to make and keep relationships with other people. All these different aspects are necessary for the complete health of the individual.
In the east we have our own definition of health. The Hindus don't consider the body and the spirit as separate from each other but as an integrated whole.Both body and spirit are an integral part of human beings. The Taoists believe that both body and mind should be in a state of balance.
According to the Buddhist, the soul and the body are in unison. This means that health is not confined to the well-being of body alone, spiritual, mental and social health also have to be considered.
But whether we accept one definition in preference to another, there are necessities which everyone accepts. These include sufficient air, water, and food; a balance between activity and rest and between solitude and social activities. we accept the need to be careful about health hazards and to consider the proper social development of each human individual.
The most important aspects of health, however, is people 's ability to make the correct choices about what is good or bad for them. This ability depends upon how well-informed or well-educated people are about the many different things that can affecttheir health.
Mental health aspect denotes the ability to keep relationships with other people.
All the aspects are important for the complete health of the individual.
Most of the people think about health is the absence of diseases or infirmity.
The concept of Hindus about health as an absence of diseases and infirmity and spirit as internal part of human beings.