Health: an issue of social justice

Health: A issue of social justice

Health has evolved, over the centuries, from an individual concern to a worldwide social goal. A brief account of the changing concepts of health is given below:

1. biomedical concept

Traditionally, health has been viewed as an absence of disease, and if one was free from disease, then the person was considered healthy. This concept , known as the biomedical concept has its basis in the germ theory of  disease which dominated medical thought at the turn of twentieth century. The medical profession viewed the human body as a machine and disease as a consequence of the breakdown of the machine. One of the doctor’s tasks was to repair the machine. Thus health, in this narrow view, became the ultimate goal of medicine.

The criticism that is levelled against the biomedical concept is that it has minimized the role of the environmental, social, psychological and cultural determinants of health. The biomedical model, for all its spectacular success in treating disease, was found inadequate to solve some of the major health problem of mankind by elaborating the medical technologies. Developments in medical and social sciences led to the conclusion that the biomedical concept of health was inadequate.

Health is on one hand a highly personal responsibility and on the other a major public concern. It thus involves the joint efforts of the individual, the community and the state.

2. psychosocial concepts

Contemporary developments in social, psychological, cultural, economic, and political factors must be taken into consideration in defining and measuring health. In other words, health is not only a biological but also a social phenomenon.




Smile your way through


A smile is an expression of happiness. A smile brings brightness and beauty to any face. It is a friendly way of reaching out to the others. A smile is a sign of love, hope and joy.

  1. What is special about smiling?

The answer lies in this poem on the value of smile.

It brings rest to the weary,

Cheer to the glum, sunshine to the sad,

Be it in a palace or a slum.

You can’t beg, borrow or steal it,

Nor buy it, whatever you pay.

For it has no value at all,

Unless it’s given away.

Smiling is a pleasurable, easy way to popularity.

  1. Research has proved that a smile radiates great energy. Just as the energy behind gravity and electricity exists but cannot be seen, so too the smile energy has real power in influencing other people. It improves the mood of the person at whom the smile is flashed. This is because a smile seems to say, “ I am happy to see you . “  Everyone likes to see a smiling person. It makes people fell liked and everyone wants to be liked.
  2. Smiling add beauty to the face.

Most  people look their  best when they smile. This is the reason why a photographer asks people to smile just before he clicks.

4. Smiling lightens your heart and problems seem smaller when you smile through them.

“A smile acts up on difficulties as the sun acts up on clouds – it disperses them,” says the divine mother of Aurobindo Ashram.

A smile is so because it radiates joy and


5. you know that the way you feel affects the way you behave, but do you know that the way you behave also affects the way you feel? Extensive research that shows that our behavior influences our emotions. Nowadays, psychologists advise people not to slouch when they are sad but to sit straight, not to drag their feet but rather to walk briskly; and to smile, not frown.

6. smiling is unique to humans alone.

Have you ever realized that, of all the living beings on earth , only humans are capable of smiling? Animals cannot smile, though they sometimes look like they do

We can make others happy , in many more ways than other beings can. We can begin by gifting smiles to everyone we know.

7. make others smile.

A smile is double blessing because it gladdens the hearts of both the person who smiles and the person who receives the smile.

8. Even nature seems to want us to smile more and frown less.

Even we smile we feel bright and full of energy. When we frown, we usually feel dull and gradually get a headache. This is because we need the use of far fewer facial muscles when we smile than when we frown. In this way nature seems to tell us to smile more and frown less.


Hope everyone will  start to smile after reading this.



helping and caring poor and old people

Helping and caring poor and old people

In our daily life, we come across many people who think are poor. They could be landless, unemployed, illiterate etc.


  • There are a thousand and thousand ways to help the poor people.
    1. try to make them aware of their dignity.
    2. talk to them in a manner worthy of human persons.
    3. given them an opportunity to frequent good institutions/schools .
    4 be friendly and kind.

aaahelpingthepoor       mother theresa

  • About old people

The life of old people is so miserable that they yearn for company and help. It is in such cases they should be pitied. Today ,society has come forward to assist them. The government has formulated a number of schemes to help the helpless old people. At least try to help and take care of our grandparents.