06/07/2013 05:26 pm ET Updated Aug 07, 2013

'Wellthy': Possessing the Resources and Resourcefulness to Thrive in All Life Domains

Most people I know would like to be financially wealthy. "Money answereth all things" says the Bible, and indeed it does. Money is of great value because it can do great good. Were it not for that, it would be just an idea on paper. It is a means to an end. But beyond its obvious humanitarian (doing good for others) and utilitarian (taking care of ones/ones family's needs/wants) value, there are things it can't buy and for which it is a poor substitute.

One of those things that money cannot buy is wellness and well-being. So, permit me to introduce a new concept that all of us should aspire to, and that is being "wellthy." A person who is "wellthy" has and or is actively seeking the following characteristics or elements:

  • Spiritual Well-being: possessing a spirit of love, power and sound mind
  • Mental/Emotional Well-being: having an optimistic/positive mental outlook
  • Physical Well-being: having good health and enough energy to get things done on a daily basis
  • Social Well-being: having strong (nurturing) relationships and love in your life
  • Community Well-being: the sense of engagement you have with the area where you live, work and worship
  • Career/Vocational Well-being: how you occupy your time -- or simply liking what you do every day
  • Financial Well-being: effectively managing your economic life

When these elements are in one's possession and sustained, it positions one to be able to thrive in all life domains. Just imagine the potential of such abundance. It is the optimal way of living a truly rich life. Having a "wellthy" lifestyle means living one's days with many blessings. As you seek to become a "wellthy" thought leader by helping others increase their well-being quotient, your efforts will reverberate, increasing your own wellness.

One of the things that we desperately need at this moment in our world's history is a culture of well-being. As this culture spreads and more people become "wellthy," we have the potential to creating a golden age of abundance for generations to come. Who would refuse such an offer? Being "wellthy" is a holistic approach to being, thinking, feeling and doing. It is a revolutionary model with implications for all our cultural systems: social, educational, religious, political and economic.

We define economic development as creating wealth. So, what if we defined holistic human development as creating wellness where as many people as possible are "wellthy?" We add value by being "wellthy." and we derive value by practicing the principles of wellness.