What is Wellbeing?

Contributor(s): Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD
wellbeing model

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 and safe?

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 or life conditions are causing harm, manifesting as fatigue or anxiety or even physical pain. We feel disconnected from others or stuck in routines that hold no meaning. We are dissatisfied with our daily lives. We live in constant worry or fear. 

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