Wellness is an approach to personal health that emphasizes individual responsibilities for well-being through the practice of health-promoting lifestyle behaviors. Wellness is broken down into six dimensions of wellness, called the Holistic Model. The Holistic model is what is used to achieve well-being. The six dimensions include emotional wellness, intellectual wellness, spiritual wellness, occupational wellness, social wellness, physical wellness.
Physical wellness is having a healthy body that is maintained by proper nutrition, physical activity habits, making responsible decisions and responding appropriately to physical stressors.
According to a Harvard Study, happiness comes from choosing to be happy with whatever you do, strengthening your closest relationships and taking care of yourself physically, financially and emotionally. We all know that exercising and taking care of yourself correlates with good health. The happiest among us actually exercise and take care of ourselves.
▪ 78% of those extremely happy said they exercise at least three times per week versus
▪ 93% of those extremely happy said they are in excellent or very good health versus
▪ 44% of those extremely happy said they are at peace with their work-life balance versus
Happiness is a choice.
While it’s important to analyze and learn from bad events, sometimes we can think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. A gratitude journal forces ourselves to pay attention to the good things in life we might otherwise take for granted. In that way, we start to become more attuned to the everyday sources of pleasure around us—and the emotional tone of our life can shift in profound ways.
It’s easy to take the good things and people in our lives for granted, but research suggests that consciously giving thanks for them can have profound effects on our well-being and relationships. This exercise helps you develop a greater appreciation for the good in your life. In fact, people who routinely express gratitude enjoy better health and greater happiness.
Evidence That It Works
Participants who kept a gratitude journal weekly for 10 weeks or daily for two weeks experienced more gratitude, positive moods, optimism about the future, and better sleep.
Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389.
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