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What wellness is marketed as:
-Body lotions
-Supplements
-Fancy juices
-Candles
-Crystals

What wellness ACTUALLY looks like:
-Health care coverage
-Access to therapy
-Walkable cities
-Green spaces
-Living wages
-Paid time off
-Physical activity
-Close knit communities
-Sleep

@thesunshinesushi
Unfortunately it is very clear what sets these two lists apart. everything in the upper list can be sold to you. Nothing in the lower list can. 🤷‍♂️

@thesunshinesushi Fun fact: 'wellness' translated into Finnish is 'hyvinvointi', which is the same as 'welfare' in constructions like welfare state that refer to the post-WWII social policy in Nordic countries etc. So in Finnish there's no difference between welfare and wellness.

Which is of course why when these commercial wellness services started to flourish (a recent phenomenon), they were marketed with the English term and not the Finnish one, because we already knew what 'hyvinvointi' is!

@thesunshinesushi There's a third aspect of wellness, as pushed by healthcare insurance providers in backwards countries that don't offer healthcare benefits to all citizens: wellness as self help.

Best described as, "you can make time to practice wellness, so your lack of wellness is all your fault." The main side effect of this kind of wellness is added stress, which is bad for wellness.

@thesunshinesushi @dumpsterqueer the first list gets done because there is a whole supply chain built for it, requires little consensus, and well...money.

The second list is just hard.

@thesunshinesushi Things you buy vs things you do. The doing things (meditation, yoga) always require equipment

@MxCraven @thesunshinesushi Meditation requires only effort. Maybe that's a reason for it being so unpopular for thousands of years. Until silicon valley found a way to "monetize meditation apps"...

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