Dimensions of Wellness
By Allison Hoit
Take a deep breath in------inhale and exhale. Feel better? The simple art of focusing on breathing can oftentimes bring us back to a state of wellness.
You’ve heard that buzzword before, "wellness", but what does it really mean? The National Wellness Institute defines wellness as, “an active process through which people become aware of and make choices towards a more successful existence”¹. Furthermore,
• “Wellness is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential”¹
• “Wellness is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment”¹
• “Wellness is positive and affirming”¹
There are many different viewpoints and models regarding the dimensions of wellness, but for this article “The Six Dimensions of Wellness,” developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute (NWI), are used as reference¹. This model provides a blueprint for a holistic approach to healthy living and achieving wellness. Each dimension provides interconnectedness with one another. This model can be used to analyze the current state of wellness in one’s life and apply it as a pathway to future optimal living.
©1976 Bill Hettler, MD, Co-Founder, National Wellness Institute