Is there such a thing as jewellery for wellbeing?
We think so and we stock wellbeing jewellery in our SHOP online. But is it really feasible that wellbeing jewellery can improve mental health?
Some say that wellbeing is in short supply at the moment. So we have curated a range of jewellery specifically to encourage wellbeing – both as a gift and for personal use.
But what IS wellbeing? And what is jewellery for wellbeing? And can it really help us in our daily lives?
Good living conditions such as housing and employment are fundamental to wellbeing – as are good social relationships. But in general, wellbeing encompasses a multitude of factors such as good health and prosperity, mental and physical energy/fitness, happiness, contentment, hopefulness, confidence, good self-esteem, positiveness, creativity, having a sense of purpose – and feeling strong, comfortable and in control. It also involves an element of having luck and good fortune, as well as feeling safe, protected and sheltered – along with sufficient wealth. It is also important to be emotionally and socially competent, to be innovative and open to new ideas, and to have positive relationships.
Overall, having favourable wellbeing is when you feel good about yourself and your life and your achievements, and have a good overall welfare physically, emotionally, socially, spiritually, and intellectually. You are satisfied with life.
A lot of the jewellery in our SHOP is intended to help with this, and to encourage better wellbeing.
But how does this work?
First let’s look at the definition of wellbeing
Many people have attempted to define well-being but perhaps the most encompassing “definition” is found on the website whatworkswellbeing.org: Namely, in modern parlance, Wellbeing is: HOW WE ARE DOING . . as individuals, and, more expansively, as communities, and as a nation.
So, if we can find something that makes us feel better in ourselves, we will presumably have better wellbeing. Our wellbeing jewellery is designed for that purpose.
It is worth bearing in mind however that here are different types of wellbeing . . namely mental wellbeing, physical wellbeing, economic wellbeing and emotional wellbeing. But in reality, these different forms of wellbeing are all closely related; and one way of understanding this is to look at how people are able to flourish, i.e. whether they have positive emotions, can function well in society, can respond to challenges and can have meaning in their lives.
In Martin Seligman’s book, “What Is Well-Being?” he suggests that the principal factors are: Having positive emotions; being active when possible; having good relationships with other people; and finding meaning in one’s life with a sense of accomplishment in the pursuit of goals.
From a more physical point of view, we also have to consider income, employment status and health (especially feeling well physically).
Conversely, psychological constituents that restrict wellbeing encompass feelings of loneliness, as well as anxiety and the loss of a sense of purpose – all major elements in mental health. (Note: Mental health and personal wellbeing are closely related – but nonetheless distinct. But people with poor mental health are much more likely to have a lower level of wellbeing.)
Another important factor (especially from our point of view as a shop selling gifts and jewellery for wellbeing), is something that helps people connect with other people, and the society around them. So relationships, friends and family, and the people we encounter in our day-to-day lives (like neighbours, for example) are vital in this respect – and especially people we can rely on and trust.
Giving a gift (especially a gift with meaning for wellbeing) is a great way to connect
But just as an act of connection is key to wellbeing, so is the act of participation, taking part in society, being active, taking notice of our surroundings, self-educating . . and being involved in occasional acts of giving!
Wearing a piece of wellbeing jewellery personally can help us be more aware of the things that affect us on a day-to-day basis – or the things that help us participate in modern life: The jewellery can act as a constant reminder of our own goals and desires.
To feel well, we need a mixture of things that bring us pleasure and purpose. Feeling isolated and lonely can be very damaging to wellbeing. Whereas, for example, simple exercise, such as running can make people feel happy . . but not everyone. Wellbeing is indeed a personal thing . . but with inter-linking components.
In summary, we believe that if you want to help someone to improve their wellbeing (or your own), the following is advisable:
- Desirable goals (to bring meaning or purpose to life through the pursuit of success or accomplishment)
- Positive emotions
- Engagement and involvement in activities (especially those taking place in the presence of other people)
- Meaningful relationships
And, if you offer someone a gift that says Be Well, Take Care, Stay Safe, and so on, you can pass on your desire for their wellbeing and offer your support or affection to a special person in your life.
Wellbeing jewellery is for caring, sharing and inspiring . . making a gift that can be used to offer your encouragement, your appreciation – even your help; a gift that can pass on a general feel-good factor. What’s more, the gifting process itself is an act that can boost your own personal wellbeing.
A gift for wellbeing conveys your wishes of wellbeing and helps friends and loved-ones be more aware of the things that affect their wellness on a day-to-day basis (including friendships). It can act as a constant reminder of goals and desires (and a reminder of who gave it to them).