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Definition of Wellness and the Seven Dimensions

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of choices and making decisions toward a more balanced, fulfilling, and healthful life. Wellness is multidimensional encompassing the Social, Emotional, Spiritual, Environmental, Occupational, Intellectual, and Physical aspects of life.

Social wellness is the ability to connect with other people in our world and establish and maintain positive relationships.

Emotional wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with life’s challenges in a manner respectful of ourselves and others.

Spiritual wellness is the ability to find meaning and purpose in life through the congruence of values and actions.

Environmental wellness is the ability to recognize our personal and community responsibilities for making a positive impact on our environment.

Occupational wellness is the ability to get personal fulfillment from our work while maintaining balance in our lives.

Intellectual wellness is the ability to open our minds, integrate new concepts and challenges, and embrace lifelong learning.

Physical wellness is the ability to pursue a healthy quality of life and to recognize that our behaviors have a significant impact on our own and others’ wellness.