Matt Lund - Executive Director at the National Wellness Institute
By applying the Six Dimensional Model, a person becomes aware of the interconnections of each dimension and how they contribute to healthy living. This holistic model explains:
- How a person contributes to their environment and community,and how to build better living spaces and social networks
- The enrichment of life through work, and its interconnections to living and playing
- The development of belief systems, values, and creating a world-view
- The benefits of regular physical activity, healthy eating habits, strength and vitality as well as personal responsibility,self-care and when to seek medical attention
- Self-esteem, self-control, and determination as a sense of direction
- Creative and stimulating mental activities, and sharing your gifts with others
The National Wellness Institute devised three questions that can help persons and organizations assess the degree to which wellness is incorporated into a particular approach or program:
- Does this help people achieve their full potential?
- Does this recognize and address the whole person (multi-dimensional approach)?
- Does this affirm and mobilize peoples' positive qualities and strengths?
Applying a wellness approach can be useful in nearly every human endeavor. As a pathway to optimal living, wellness is being applied to related fields, such as health promotion and holistic health, and has seen a growth in "helping professions" including coaching, counseling, and medical arts and practices.