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great physical shape

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual well being and the growth and balance in the 9 dimensions or factors that makeup our life.  Wellness Of Life is a complex interaction of various beneficial behaviors and actions working in unison.

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.

Here is the way the World Health Organization (WHO) describes wellness:

a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity…..

And……The National Wellness Institute

…..a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential.

Life is multifaceted and complex and is affected by the various life factors or dimensions, which are namely aging, genetics, environmental, occupational, social, intellectual, emotional, spiritual and physical, and each influences and is dependent on the other.  At times one may be more prominent or influential than others, but neglect of any one dimension for any length of time has adverse effects on not only the specific dimension but overall wellness, as well.

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Healthy Mind-Expanding Emotional Intelligence

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) addressed the dimensions of wellness and proposed that practicing good habits result in a good healthy life.  Per the NIH, wellness is a holistic integration of physical, mental, and spiritual well being, fueling the body, engaging the mind, and nurtures the spirit.  Quoting the study:

….a lifestyle and a personalized approach to living life in a way that… allows you to become the best kind of person that your potentials, circumstances, and fate will allow….

Wellness is about how we live our lives and the joy and fulfillment and health we experience.

Let’s look at an example of how the various dimensions affect each other.

For instance, when we worry about loss of income from our “occupation”, because of being laid off from a company downsizing, we sometimes experience “emotional” anxiety, depression, or may be alcohol dependency.  This can lead to “physical” medical problems, affecting our “social” relationships at home with our spouse or with close friends.  When this happens in relationships, it can affect mental health, health behavior, physical health, and mortality risk, or “aging”. Here is a breakdown of the described events with documented studies: