Health is affected by the food we eat, how often we exercise, how we manage our stress, and how much we sleep, as well as social, environmental, and genetic influences. Lifestyle choices are responsible for nearly 90% of health outcomes.
Relationships provide support that can act as a buffer against the negative effects of stress, leading to a longer and healthier life. If our lives are devoid of positive relationships, it also detracts from joy, meaning, and ultimately wellbeing.
At its most basic level, security means freedom from fear, especially our most basic fears around health, personal safety, and financial stability. Because fear can immobilize and incapacitate us, security is essential to our wellbeing.
Purpose guides life decisions, influences behavior, shapes goals, offers a sense of direction, and creates meaning. Purpose is directly related to both health and happiness, and it has a major impact on our wellbeing.
Community includes our our social connections and networks, as well as public services and resources, such as housing, transportation, schools, parks, and social services. Community and individual wellbeing are intricately interconnected.
An environment with clean air and water is important to wellbeing. There is also strong evidence that "nature heals." Being in nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, it also contributes to your physical wellbeing.