Wellbeing is a holistic integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being, fueling the body, engaging the mind, and nurturing the spirit determined through a personalized approach to living in a way that allows you to become the best kind of person that your potential, circumstances, and fate will allow. Wellbeing encompasses nine mutually interdependent dimensions: occupational, intellectual, spiritual, social, emotional, physical, financial, creative, and environmental. 

Attention must be given to all the dimensions, as neglect of any one over time will adversely affect the others, and ultimately one’s health, wellbeing, and quality of life. However, each dimension does not have to be equally balanced. Individuals should strive for a “personal harmony” that feels most authentic to them, after all we each have our own priorities, approaches, aspirations, and views of what it means to live life fully.


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Nine Dimensions of Wellness

  • Being engaged in work that brings you personal satisfaction and aligns with your values, goals, and lifestyle
  • Contributing your unique gifts, skills, and talents to work that is personally meaningful and rewarding

  • Participating in learning activities that foster critical thinking and expand your worldview
    Discovering the potential for sharing your gifts with others

  • Seeking inner harmony and balance through self-reflection and exploration of your role in the universe
  • Finding purpose, value, and meaning in your life with or without organized religion
  • Participating in activities that are consistent with your beliefs and values

  • Surrounding yourself with a network of support based on mutual trust, respect, and compassion
  • Maintaining healthy relationships
  • Enjoying being with others, developing friendships and intimate relations, caring about others, and letting others care about you

  • Understanding and respecting your feelings, values, and attitudes
  • Appreciating the feelings of others; managing your emotions in a constructive way
  • Feeling positive and enthusiastic about your life
  • Seeking help when necessary

  • Getting enough sleep
  • Eating a well-balanced diet
  • Engaging in adequate exercise
  • Getting regular medical check-ups
  • Practicing other healthy habits

  • Being cognizant of your personal finances and adhering to a budget that enables you to reach your financial goals
  • Managing your resources to live within your means
  • Making informed financial decisions and investments
  • Setting realistic goals
  • Preparing for short-term and long-term needs or emergencies
  • Being aware that everyone’s financial values, needs, and circumstances are unique

  • Participating in diverse cultural and artistic experience that give you a deeper appreciation for the world around you

  • Recognizing your interconnectedness with nature
  • Taking an active role in preserving, protecting
  • Improving the environment