How Do You Define Health?

How Do You Define Health?

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by Don Ingwerson

For the past couple of years the focus of this blog has been on health. For me health is the domain of spirit. Nineteenth-century health researcher Mary Baker Eddy wrote, “…being is sustained by Spirit, not by matter, and… [you] find health, peace, and harmony in God, divine Love.” But I found this blog, “A Critical Question for Doctors: What is Health?” interesting because the author really delves deeply into the different definitions of health. It also leads readers to ponder their own definition of what health is to them. So share your thoughts on your own definition of health!

About the author

Don Ingwerson Don regularly blogs on health and spirituality and lives in Laguna Beach with his wife - both Christian Science practitioners. He brings his years serving the public in education to his work as a liaison of Christian Science, where he maintains contacts with the media and legislative offices.


  1. Jan in Grass Valley says

    Thank you for sharing the cool article. I love how Eddy defines health as “… the consciousness of the unreality of pain and disease; or, rather, the absolute consciousness of harmony and of nothing else.” (“Rudimental Divine Science”, page 11) Although not always easy to maintain, certainly a state of thought.

  2. Adrienne says

    HAPPINESS! That’s how I define health which includes a wonderful sense of freedom. And that’s what Christian Science has done for me!
    Thank you again for sharing and for all of your good work

  3. Anne Hughes says

    Cheers for Dr. JoLow’s many active terms related to health: dynamic, empowered, resilient, able to adapt, restore, and self-manage. They reflect, on the human scene, the health we all have as expressions of God’s attributes, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth, and Love. That is health to me.

  4. Anne says

    What a thought-provoking topic coming from a doctor. I was very impressed with the deeper ideas discussed, beyond just the functioning of the physical body.

    I was especially interested in the comment about the “ability to self manage.” It reminded me of a statement made by a 19th century health researcher, who came to the conclusion that God governs man’s entire being; therefore, man’s complete health can be established spiritually rather than materially for all who understand this point.

    Here’s the statement: “God has endowed man with inalienable rights, among which are self-government, reason, and conscience. Man is properly self-governed only when he is guided rightly and governed by his Maker, divine Truth and Love” (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy).

    I would define health as being right with God in the very core of my being. Does that sound a little nebulous? What I mean by it is putting Him first in my life, praying with gratitude to Him for all of my blessings, turning to Him for answers to any problem, being obedient to His laws given in the Bible by the prophets in the Old Testament and by His Son Christ Jesus in the New.

    By learning to do this, I’ve gained the ability to manage my life and my health without fear or doubt. And I can rejoice in this comforting psalm of David, King of Israel: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;”

    It’s a beautiful way to live a full and truly healthy life. And thank you for this stimulating post.