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|Subject:||I need a word|
|Question:||I have been searching for a word, or even a short phrase that encompasses the entirety of human health, wellness, and well-being. More so the concept of an individual who is actively pursuing a state of complete and utter health/wellness. I have discovered a word that I feel encompasses this pretty well, only in antonym: valetudinarian I would be satisfied even with foreign words or phrases, but alas I have not come up with a single satisfactory solution. Advice is relished.|
|Reply:||The difficulty here seems to me to be less a linguistic than a philosophical one. It's a well-known truism that someone who goes consciously looking for happiness won't find it; happiness, wellbeing, are things that come on us unnoticed when we are busy with other goals. So I wonder whether there could be a word for the concept you have in mind. "Valetudinarian" relates very specifically to physical health, and I suppose the antonym of that would be something like "health nut" or "health fanatic", but I am not sure those terms have the connotations that you are seeking. Geoffrey Sampson|
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