What is wellness? The role of human values

Jonathan Crowe*

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There is a growing literature on wellness for law in Australia and elsewhere. Significant uncertainty exists, however, about what exactly wellness means in this context. I argue that wellness is not best understood either as the absence of psychological distress or as the presence of life satisfaction or positive affect. I propose an alternative understanding of wellness that centres around the role of basic values in human flourishing. Wellness, I suggest, consists inparticipating in the various dimensions of human flourishing in a balanced and integrated way.This approach draws out the deep challenges that wellness poses to legal education and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-265
Number of pages5
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number4
Early online date31 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


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