The Ten Dimensions of Wellbeing

"I don't believe people are looking for the meaning of life, as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive."
Joseph Campbell

INTRODUCTION

The key to living your life to the fullest is balance. How can you live your life to the fullest if one or more areas of your life are failing? For example, maybe you are successful in your career, but will it matter if your family life is not a happy one? Or perhaps you are a very knowledgeable person, but will it matter if your body is sick?

I’ve discovered ten areas of our life experience. Each of these ten areas acts and interacts in a way that contributes to our quality of life.

WEALTH/PROSPERITY AND CAREER/BUSINESS

Wealth and Prosperity
The wealth and prosperity dimension involves the personal financial condition that an individual experiences. There are six stages of financial wellness.

This area encompasses insurance against loss, money management, and financial responsibility as well.

Career and Business
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, working professional, or student, this area is about how you make a living.

For most people, their primary salary is their main income stream. In fact, I think everyone starts this way. In this day and age though we need more than one source of income and this category involves just that.

INTELLECT/EDUCATION AND IMAGE/IDENTITY

Intellect and Education
In this area, we deal with a broad range of ideas that relate to the mind, like thought management, problem-solving, thinking, and learning. The desire to learn new concepts, improve skills, and seek challenges in pursuit of lifelong learning contributes to our mental health. This category also includes other concepts and life skills such as morals, values, integrity, self-discipline, perseverance, personal responsibility, and so on.

Image and Identity
This area is pretty easy to understand and involves how you take care of yourself hygienically, and what you put on your body (ink and piercings included). It also encompasses your self-esteem and self-image.

ROMANCE/INTIMACY AND SOCIAL/RELATIONSHIPS

Romance and Intimacy
In this category, I include everything to do with a romantic relationship like shared love and affection, feeling understood, validated, and cherished by a partner, giving and receiving love and integrated goals and purposes.

Social and Relationships
This area deals with your relationships with your family, friends, and colleagues. Relationships are what make your life beautiful. The most excellent feeling of fulfillment doesn’t come from your achievements; it comes from your relationships. Complete wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world. It has everything to do with our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships.

HEALTH/WELLBEING AND ENVIRONMENT/COMMUNITY

Health and Wellbeing
Health encompasses several facets, including diet, exercise, rest, and mental health. What you put into your body does matter, as does the amount of activity your body gets. It is essential to keep your body in tip-top shape. Not only should you prevent yourself from getting sick, but you should also strive to have the high-level energy you need to accomplish your tasks. How are you taking care of your physical and mental health?

Environment and Community
The environment category includes our community, home, and even transportation. It has to do with privacy and stability in our house, freedom from danger to our property, order, and stability in the neighborhood and community, among other things. What we do to make a positive impact on the quality of our environment, be it our homes, our communities, or our planet, is part of this category.

RECREATION/VOLUNTEERING AND SPIRITUAL/ESOTERIC

Recreation and Volunteering
As the social category has to do with our ‘relationships,’ the recreational group has to do with the ‘activities’ that we take part in with the people in our life. Of course, some recreational activities are done alone as well.

Spiritual and Esoteric
This area deals with your relationship with the infinite. Spirituality, in this sense, goes beyond religion. It’s a vital force in your life that shapes your values, humility, purpose, treatment of others, treatment of self, and acknowledges a power beyond yourself.

CONCLUDING THOUGHTS

When you’re intending to change your life, you need to look at these nine areas, because they are linked to each other. Your health affects your relationships. Your physical environment affects your work and financial goals. For the right goals to align with your overall happiness, you need to recognize that you are a whole person with a multi-faceted life.

I believe that as you become more aware of the nine areas in your own life, you begin to live with more intent. This awareness makes it possible to devote time and energy to each area and reach success.