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The Seven Dimensions of Wellness

The Seven Dimensions of Wellness model allows you to gain a more holistic understanding of health.

Applying a wellness approach can be useful in nearly every human endeavor. Because of its flexible, subjective nature, it can be a pathway to optimal human living.

Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.


Unlike health, wellness isn’t a state of being but rather a journey that includes becoming aware of the many interconnected factors that lead to a more successful existence.


Physical Wellness

Learning about and adopting practices that allow for optimal growth, development, and maintenance of bodily tissues. It also encompasses following through with healing practices. This includes eating habits, physical activity, rest, and medical and non-medical self-care.


Emotional Wellness

Developing awareness and acceptance of one’s feelings. Some of the signs of emotional wellness include a capacity to manage feelings, acknowledging limitations, developing autonomy, and effectively coping with stress.


Occupational Wellness

Contributing unique skills, gifts, talents, and passions to the community and world through work or occupation. A person’s occupation is felt to be meaningful and rewarding.


Interpersonal Wellness

Developing effective communication skills fosters a capacity for close and intimate relationships and cultivates a support network. Contributes to the well-being of the communities around them, including taking actions that protect the environment.


Intellectual Wellness

Characterized by an openness to new ideas, a capacity to question, think critically, change a way of thinking, and the motivation to learn new skills and understand new perspectives.


Spiritual Wellness

Possesses guiding principles, beliefs, and values that give purpose to human existence while developing the capacity to love and feel compassion, empathy, forgiveness, and joy. It includes the development of a worldview that is consistent with those values while also respecting differences in spiritual beliefs.


Cultural Wellness

Developing a meaningful sense of cultural belonging, acceptance, appreciation, and embracement of cultural differences.

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