Well-being is the combination of what we think and feel about our lives; the experience of positive emotions such as happiness and contentment, as well as the development of one’s potential, having some control over one’s life, having a sense of purpose,  experiencing positive relationships, and overall life satisfaction. At UNCG, we use  the Eight Dimensions of Wellness as a framework for our  students in their life-long process of becoming aware of and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life, in college and beyond. 

Wellness is not a destination, it is a personal journey that evolves over a lifetime.  It is our hope that the following information about the eight Dimensions of Wellness will help you get started or continue on your health and well-being journey. Becoming familiar with each of the dimensions will help promote self-and community care, as well as  help identify areas that you may be neglecting. These dimensions are interconnected. Neglecting one area will affect the others. Focusing on all eight dimensions will help you  bring balance into your life so that you can thrive and flourish on your journey through college and beyond.

8 Dimensions of Wellness Wheel

eight dimensions of well-being

The ability to successfully interact with people in our world, participating in and feeling connected to the UNCG community. Learn More about Social Wellness

The functional and operational soundness of the body to include nutrition, exercise, and sleep. Learn More about Physical Wellness

An increased self-awareness/self-care, expression and acceptance of a wide range of thoughts and feelings of self and others. Learn More about Emotional Wellness

The ability to embrace one’s cultural background, as well as the diversity and richness present in other cultural backgrounds that make UNCG a stronger community as a whole. Learn More about Cultural Wellness

Inspires individuals to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings. This realm encourages individuals to live in harmony with the Earth by taking action to protect it. Environmental wellbeing promotes interaction with nature and one’s personal environment. Learn More Environmental Wellness

Engaging the individual in creative and stimulating mental activities to expand their knowledge and skills and help them discover the potential for sharing their gifts with others. Learn More Intellectual Wellness

Engaging in work to gain personal satisfaction and enrichment, consistent with values, goals and lifestyle. Learn More about Career Wellness

The capacity to manage one’s financial resources in such a way as to promote autonomy and security. Learn More about Financial Wellness

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