What is Wellness?

dimensions of wellness


Wellness is first and foremost a choice to assume responsibility for the quality of your life. It begins with a conscious decision to shape a healthy lifestyle. Wellness is a mindset, a predisposition to adopt a series of key principles in various life areas that leads to well-being and life satisfaction.

  • Physical Wellness: Optimal physical wellness requires eating for health, exercising, avoiding harmful substances (such as tobacco), practicing preventive health habits such as regular check-ups, and healthy habits such as wearing a seat belt.
  • Emotional Wellness: Optimism, trust, self-esteem, self-acceptance, self-confidence, self-control, satisfying healthy relationships, and an ability to share feelings.
  • Intellectual Wellness: Openness to new ideas, a capacity to question and think critically, and the motivation to master new skills.
  • Spiritual Wellness: To possess a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that give meaning and purpose to life. Spiritual wellness is also the capacity to love, have compassion for others, forgiveness, joy and fulfillment.
  • Social Wellness: Good communication skills, developing the capacity for intimacy and cultivating a support network of caring friends and/or family. Social wellness also means participating in and contributing to the community, country, and world.
  • Environmental Wellness: Learning and contributing to the health of the planet. Not doing damage, and helping to clean up the earth for future generations to enjoy.
  • Vocational Wellness refers to the level of satisfaction and balance you get from your job. It involves making the best use of your skills and experience, adding purpose and happiness in your life — your attitude.

All areas of wellness interact. Think of each area as a piece of a pie. You want your pie to be round. Work on equalizing each of the pieces. Maintaining good wellness takes a conscious effort and dedication.