|The Six Dimensions of Wellness|
Mindfully focusing on wellness in our lives builds resilience and enables us to thrive amidst life’s challenges.
The National Wellness Institute promotes Six Dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Addressing all six dimensions of wellness in our lives builds a holistic sense of wellness and fulfillment.
Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), this interdependent model for the Six Dimensions of Wellness provides the categories from which NWI derives its resources and services.
To download a pdf handout about the Six Dimensions of Wellness, click here.
To download an NWI Six Dimensions of Wellness tool and other free wellness tools, click here.
Definition of Wellness
The term wellness has been applied in many ways. Although there might be different views on what wellness encompasses, the National Wellness Institute--along with the help of leaders in health and wellness--shared many interpretations and models of wellness.
Through this discussion, there appears to be general agreement that:
The definition of wellness long used by the National Wellness Institute is consistent with these tenets:
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
A society that truly applies a wellness approach as a pathway to optimal living is by nature inclusive and multicultural. The Mission of the National Wellness Institute (NWI) Multicultural Competency Committee is to support NWI with increasing inclusiveness by advancing multicultural competency within wellness best practices, and to assist with the development of knowledge, awareness, and skills to deliver equitable and culturally appropriate programs and services for wellness practitioners, organizations, underserved populations, and communities.
Click here for information about NWI's Multicultural Competency Committee and the Wellness Wheel we have created to advance the fulfillment of the committee's mission.
Applying WellnessBy applying the Six Dimensional Model, a person becomes aware of the interconnectedness of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living. This holistic model explains:
Applying a wellness approach can be useful in nearly every human endeavor. As a pathway to optimal living, wellness is being applied to related fields, such as health promotion and holistic health, and has seen a growth in "helping professions" including coaching, counseling, and medical arts and practices.