Seven Dimensions of Wellness at UW-Stevens Point: SPECIES


The term wellness has been applied in many ways. It is much more than just physical health, exercise, and nutrition. Wellness is multidimensional including: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional, Career, Intellectual, Environmental, Social (SPECIES). Wellness is a full integration and the pursuit of continued growth and balance in these seven dimensions of wellness.

Each dimension contributes to our own sense of wellness or quality of life, and each affects and overlaps the others. At times, one may be more prominent than others, but neglect of any one dimension for any length of time has adverse effects on overall health.

Find out more about each dimension by expanding the links below!

Spiritual

Physical

Emotional

Career

Intellectual

Environmental

Social


Everyone will find happiness through wellness with a slightly different approach. Take a look at how these people have increased their happiness by improving their quality of life: 

My Philosophy For a Happy Life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic

People Are Awesome 2014

Visit the National Park Service Website to help find a way to integrate all the dimensions of wellness at once:

National Park Service

What is the meaning behind recreation? It is an activity done for enjoyment when one is not working.  It also means an activity that refreshes and recreates; activity that renews one’s health and spirits by enjoyment and relaxation. Here are some parks and recreation activities located right here in Stevens Point:

Stevens Point Parks, Recreation and Forestry

We know we don’t know it all. Here’s a look at what multiple wellness experts have collaborated to be a comprehensive definition of wellness:

National Wellness Institute Definition of Wellness

Wellness has always been around and will always be essential. Browse around to see what physical and social wellness looks like on a global level:

Olympic Movement