The Institute of Wellbeing is a new cross-disciplinary initiative in Bangladesh at its early formation stage, which aims to promote the quality research and training in the science of wellbeing, and to integrate this research into first rate evidence-based practice. Our super goal is to improve population health and well-being and reduce inequalities in society and promote the philosophy of well-being in the development sector in Bangladesh.
We often think of wellbeing as happiness, but it is more than that. It is about having meaning in our lives—developing as a person and feeling that our lives are fulfilling and worthwhile.
Wellbeing comes from having a web of relationships and interests. Family and friends, work, leisure activities and spiritual beliefs can all increase our wellbeing. The intimacy, sense of belonging and support offered by close personal relationships are of greatest value.
Material comforts are essential up to a point, and there is no doubt that poverty remains a serious problem in Bangladesh. But for most people more money would add little to their wellbeing.
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