Wellness is a multifaceted pursuit that involves much more than just physical health and nutrition. It is the complete integration of states of spiritual, social, physical, mental, emotional, occupational, financial, relationship and environmental well-being. Each of these dimensions act and interact in ways that contributes to our own quality of life. Our personal wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions.
The more in balance these factors are, the more happiness we will experience. Current research on happiness tells us that 50% of our ability to be happy is genetic. The remaining 50% is within our control with only 10% only being our actual life situation. That means 40% of our ability to be happy resides within our behaviors. These skills can be learned, practiced, and mastered starting at a young age.
Wellness can be thought of as an active process in which, over time and with dedication, one becomes aware of and makes choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Through this evolving process and with a focus on all dimensions of wellness, we are each able to achieve our full potential.
Have you ever received good advice that you were unable to follow? Has your doctor ever recommended a lifestyle change that you found to be unsustainable? Have you ever wanted something in your life, but found you couldn’t achieve it alone? In creating a Personal Wellness Plan, we want you to radically improve your health and happiness.
The eight dimensions of wellness include:
The ability to maintain a healthy quality of life by adopting healthy physical routines and eating habits, and recognizing and avoiding destructive behaviors and habits (drugs, tobacco, alcohol, etc.)
The ability to make positive decisions and to recognize our personal responsibility for the quality of our physical environment, including the air, water and land.
The ability to open our minds to new ideas and experiences that can be applied to personal decisions, group interaction and community betterment.
The ability to relate to and connect with others by establishing and maintaining positive relationships with friends, family, co-works and intimate partners.
The ability to understand ourselves and to cope with challenges and adverse life conditions, including the ability to acknowledge, manage and feelings of sadness, anger, joy, pain and love.
The ability to find personal fulfillment from our jobs and career path while maintaining balance in our lives.
Financial wellness is having an understanding of your financial situation and taking care of it in such a way that you are prepared for financial changes.
The ability to instill peace and inter-connections in our lives by finding deeper meaning, realizing a common purpose that binds us together, and connecting to aspects of life beyond ourselves.