Pillars of Well-Being

Pillars of Well-Being graphic: Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, Spiritual, Environmental, Financial, Occupational, Social

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Physical well-being is the knowledge and practice toward positive health conditions. It involves adopting proactive measures like regular physical activity, good nutrition, utilization of preventative health care, and abstaining from harmful behaviors like alcohol consumption, tobacco, and drug use.


Emotional well-being is the knowledge and pursuit toward optimal psychological functioning. It involves the recognition of our thoughts and feelings in relation to our sense of self, relationships, life circumstances and reality, and aids our ability to manage stress, overcome adversity, reduce feelings of negativity, and approach life in a positive manner.

Intellectual well-being is the engagement in mentally stimulating activities that allow for the acquisition, application, and sharing of knowledge for the progress of humanity. It involves continuous learning in scholastic, cultural, community, and interest-related settings that develop cognitive skills such as creativity, logic and reasoning, reflection, problem solving, and communication.

Spiritual well-being is the awareness and practice in honoring the meaning and purpose of our existence. It involves the adoption or development of a personal belief system around the wonders of life and sharing it in community with others, nature, the universe, or a higher power.

Environmental well-being includes an awareness of and contribution toward balancing environmental health with equity and economics so current and future generations can thrive. Environmental stewardship involves adopting and advocating for efforts that ensure responsible and efficient resource management while increasing access to clean air and water; nutritious food; and adequate clothing, shelter, and safety in both the built and natural environments at a variety of places and scales (e.g., home, school, work, community, city, country, world).

Financial well-being is our knowledge and obtainment of economic resources to meet practical needs and live comfortably. It involves proper management of finances, maintaining a balanced budget, and setting and working toward goals based on a standard of living. We can improve our financial well-being by identifying knowledge and resources that helps us to better manage our finances and plan for our financial future.

Occupational well-being is the practice of enriching our lives through employment, volunteer work, and vocational interests. It involves the development and application of skills and talents through activities such as school, hobbies, work, and community service.

Social well-being is our awareness and contribution to the betterment of society through positive relationships with friends, colleagues, family, the community, and surrounding environments. It involves the development of interpersonal skills, engagement in social circles, building of support systems, and maintaining safe and suitable living circumstances.