Health and Wellness

The term wellness has been applied in many ways. Although there might be different views on what wellness encompasses, the National Wellness Institute--along with the help of leaders in health and wellness--shared many interpretations and models of wellness.

Through this discussion, there appears to be general agreement that:

  • Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential
  • Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment
  • Wellness is positive and affirming

The definition of wellness, long used by the National Wellness Institute is consistent with these tenets. Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.

Physical Health

Social Health

The social dimension considers how you contribute to your environment and community, and how to build better living spaces and social networks.

Intellectual Health

The intellectual dimension of health considers how you are engaging in creative and stimulating mental activities, and sharing your gifts with others.

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Spiritual Health

Your spiritual health considers the development of belief systems, values, worldviews and overall sense of purpose which drives you. A spiritually well person understands and acts in accordance with his or her own values. They cultivate a sense of wonder, thankfulness, and appreciation for life. For some, it may also include religious beliefs and practices. Topics in this section address the continuous process of self-understanding and measures you can take to improve your own.

Emotional Health

The World Health Organization defines mental health as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community. The emotional dimension of wellness is concerned with individuals’ acceptance and healthy expression of their feelings. Emotionally well individuals experience a range of emotions, but strive to be happy. They effectively manage their emotions, stress, and related behaviors.

Occupational Health

Your occupational health considers the enrichment of your life through work, and its interconnectedness to living and playing.

Financial Health