Spiritual wellness implies a search for meaning and purpose; the values, ethics and morals that guide an individual give meaning and direction to life. It involves the development of a deep appreciation for life and the forces that exist in the universe.
Physical Wellness: a perception and expectation of physical health.*
Physical wellness involves respecting your body's own uniqueness and diversity, and engaging in practices that move you towards a higher level of health. It requires taking action to protect one’s health by engaging in positive health behavior and as well as avoiding risky behaviors that may have negative impacts on physical well-being. Optimal physical well-being includes connecting with your physical self and avoiding harmful habits, while remaining focused on the balance of mind-spirit-body. This dimension includes all aspects of maintaining maximal functioning of one’s body across the lifespan including delaying or prevention of disease or dysfunction as much as possible.
Environmental Wellness: the perception and expectation of having a harmonious relationship with the environment.**
Environmental wellness includes recognizing the individual’s responsibility to protect the environment. It means maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes harm to the environment. It implies acknowledging the interdependence of man and the earth and other living beings. Cultivating an appreciation for the beauty found in nature is implied.
Occupational wellness involves making use of one’s gifts and talents in order to gain purpose, happiness, and enrichment in life; it means integrating a commitment to work or occupation in a lifestyle that is rewarding and satisfying.
Emotional Wellness: a general expectation that one will experience positive outcomes to the events and circumstances of life; possession of a secure self-identity and a positive sense of self-regard; also the ability to cope with and/or improve unpleasant mental states.*
Emotional wellness includes the ability to understand one’s own feelings, to accept one’s limitations, to achieve emotional stability, and to become comfortable with one’s emotions. It implies the ability to express one’s emotions appropriately, to be able to adjust to change and cope with stress in a positive way, as well as to be able to enjoy life in spite of challenges, frustrations and disappointments.
Social Wellness: a perception of having support available from family, friends, coworkers, in times of need and a perception of being a valued support provider.*
Social wellness includes the ability to relate positively to others, and a willingness to seek positive interdependent relationships, both within and outside of the family unit. It involves not only a concern for the individual, but also an interest in humanity and the environment as a whole and an ability to live in harmony with others and contribute to the welfare of the greater community.
Intellectual Wellness: the perception of being internally energized by an optimal amount of intellectually stimulating activity.*
Intellectual wellness includes expanding of one’s knowledge and skills, as well as an ongoing curiosity and learning. It implies creativity and a capacity to question and think critically, and openness to new ideas. It means embracing lifelong learning.