We trace “health” to a Germanic , then old English word for “WHOLE”.
The great 19th century entertainer (and Connecticut Yankee) Phineas Taylor Barnum was thinking WHOLE when he commented:
Here’s to best possible health (which the World Health Organization broadly defined in 1948 as “a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”
If you’re creative, you can tap Doctor Google’s listed synonyms for “health” –
|well-being, healthiness, fitness, good condition, good shape, fine fettle|
Here’s to wholesomeness.