What is Wellbeing?

Round wellbeing model showing six aspects: health, relationships, security, purpose, community, and environment
Wellbeing model by Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD, FAAN
Director, Center for Spirituality & Healing

Do you feel:

  • Content?
  • Energized?
  • Connected?
  • Balanced?

Are you able to put the bad days in perspective and live with a sense of purpose?

If you answered yes, then you are experiencing wellbeing, a state of general contentment with life and the way things are. In this state we experience balance in body, mind, and spirit and feel connected to purpose, people, and community.

But many of us aren’t there. Our lifestyle is causing us pain, whether we are tired or stressed or overweight. We feel disconnected from others or stuck in a routine that hold no meaning. We are dissatisfied with our daily lives. We live in worry. 

The good news is that—with practice, we can enhance our wellbeing and achieve a state of balance and contentment.  We can flourish!

Begins with a question      

Wellbeing begins with the simple question—what can I do to feel content and balanced? Asking this shifts our whole perspective—we are no longer looking to our healthcare providers or government or food companies to tell us what we need to do. We are empowering ourselves to explore what we really need and to evaluate for ourselves what makes sense.   

Wellbeing comes from within

Your path to wellbeing will be unique to you, arising from an awareness of where you are and what you need.  As you proceed:

  • Listen to your body and mind. Notice what is going on.
  • Take small steps. Investigate the results.
  • Create a positive environment where you can succeed. 
  • Include support from others. 
  • Be compassionate to yourself as you go and start again whenever you need to. 
  • Remember that wellbeing is our natural inclination. Trust your sense of what is right for you.
  • Savor successes.

About our model

Our model of wellbeing was created by Dr. Mary Jo Kreitzer, Director of the Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota.  In her extensive work and research around integrative health and healing, Dr. Kreitzer identified six dimensions that contribute to wellbeing: health, relationships, security, purpose, community, and environment.

We invite you to explore each dimension. Our hope is that this model will lead us to individual, community, and environmental wellbeing.

To begin, assess your overall wellbeing.