Nowadays, the quality and economic importance of well-being are guaranteed by health tourism, which integrates the interests of companies and the lifestyle programs of the population. Wellness is a modern word with ancient roots. As a modern concept, wellness has gained ground since the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, when the writings and leadership of an informal network of physicians and thinkers in the United States greatly shaped the way we conceptualize and talk about wellness today. In the late 20th century, many corporations began developing workplace wellness programs.
For example, the Hettler National Welfare Institute caught the attention of Tom Dickey and Rodney Friedman, who then created the monthly Berkeley Wellness Charter (198), designed to compete with the Harvard Medical School Health Charter, punctually using “wellness” in the degree as a contrast. The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), based on Travis materials, establishes the first wellness center on the university campus, with campus wellness centers extending throughout the U. The principles of well-being also date back to the ancient civilizations of Greece, Rome and Asia, whose historical las traditions have indelibly influenced the modern welfare movement. With a crisis of chronic diseases and obesity worldwide in this century, leading to unsustainable healthcare costs, the traditional medical establishment and more governments are shifting the focus to prevention and well-being.
And a growing list of celebrities and self-help experts began to bring wellness concepts to a mainstream audience. Dunn presents his idea of “high-level well-being” at 29 conferences, and then publishes these ideas in his influential book with the same title. If everyone practiced wellness, the whole society would be better off, and as time goes on, more people will focus on well-being as a way of life. This influential academic publication featured evidence-based articles on wellness approaches, while discrediting numerous health fads.
June 9 saw the sixth World Wellness Day, which is considered the first day dedicated to living well. Influenced by Taoism and Buddhism, TCM applies a holistic perspective to achieve health and well-being, by cultivating harmony in one's life. John Travis, influenced by Dunn, opens the world's first wellness center in California and publishes a 12-dimensional wellness assessment tool, The Wellness Inventory (197) and The Wellness Workbook (197), both in use today. Approaches that evolved from TCM, such as acupuncture, herbal medicine, qi gong, and tai chi, have become basic and modern approaches to wellness, and even Western medicine.
The practice of wellness can also be found in ancient Chinese history, as they developed the world's first system of medicine based on the practices of Buddhism and Taoism.