Six Dimensions of Wellness

6 dimensions of wellness

Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, Cofounder and President of the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute, this interdependent model, commonly referred to as the 6 Dimensions of Wellness, provides the cursory categories from which NWI derives its products and services.

The social dimension encourages contributing to one's environment and community. It emphasizes the interdependence between others and nature.

The occupational dimension recognizes personal satisfaction and enrichment in one's life through work. At the center of occupational wellness is the premise that occupational development is related to one's attitude about one's work. 

The spiritual dimension recognizes our search for meaning and purpose in human existence. It includes the development of a deep appreciation for the depth and expanse of life and natural forces that exist in the universe.

The physical dimension recognizes the need for regular physical activity. Physical development encourages learning about diet and nutrition while discouraging the use of tobacco, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption.

The intellectual dimension recognizes one's creative, stimulating mental activities. A well person expands their knowledge and skills while discovering the potential for sharing their gifts with others.

The emotional dimension recognizes awareness and acceptance of one's feelings. Emotional wellness includes the degree to which one feels positive and enthusiastic about oneself and life.

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