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Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from illness, it is a dynamic process of change and growth.

"...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
- The World Health Organization

"a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential."
- The National Wellness Institute

Why Wellness Matters

Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is absolutely crucial to live a higher quality life. Wellness matters. 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. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness, and ensure positive interactions.

Dimensions of Wellness

Physical: Getting adequate sleep and rest, nutrition education, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs education, physical education programs, and sexual health education.

Emotional: Being positive to yourself and others, coping well with stress, owning up to your own mistakes without feeling guilty, and having confidence.

Intellectual: Being open to new ideas, knowing your responsibility versus control, time management, college involvement, and wanting to continuously grow and learn.

Spiritual: Knowing your values and beliefs; giving meaning to your life through nature, art, or meditation; and focusing on the positive aspects of life.

Social: Having supportive relationships and community/college involvement.

Environmental: Protect yourself against hazards in your natural environment as well as your built environments. (Indoor air quality-ergonomics.) (Recycle, reuse, and reduce.) Understanding the importance of family and college involvement.


Insel, P.M. & Roth, W.T. (2012). Core Concepts in Health, Brief, 12th edition. New York: McGraw-Hill

Lynch, A., Elmore, B. & Kotecki, J. (2014). Health: Making choices for life. Glenview, IL: Pearson Education.


** There are many wellness models out there today that can help with a person's physical and mental health. The above dimensions are an example of some, but not all, the areas of wellness a person could incorporate into their daily life. The University Wellness Team does not endorse one model over the other.