Emotional exhaustion, cynicism and inefficacy are the well-known cardinal signs of job related burnout. Engagement, the exact opposite of burnout, displays the cardinal characteristics of vigor, dedication and absorption. But what of wellness? It is probably a state we all like to dwell in, but how is it defined?
Wellness is not merely the absence of burnout. Nor is engagement the soul defining quality of wellness. What constitutes wellness for one will differ in some respects for another because we are all different. Though, there are some general qualities of wellness which seem to be universal.
Here are the four cardinal signs of wellness one who is ‘well’ will possess.