What is Well-Being

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The model of wellbeing graphic, resembling a flower with 8 petals, the dimensions of well being are described below
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Well-being is a life-long journey.


To help guide that journey, the University of Michigan is building a culture of well-being, where you can embrace the concept that success in life goes beyond the classroom and careers.


Through this holistic approach, you can gain a broader understanding of well-being that is directly connected and relevant to your life, both now and in the future.


Please explore the dimensions of well-being below, plus resources, campus events and stress-relieving videos that can help you take a break when you need one!

Dimensions of Well-being Defined

physical well-being

The role that you take in maintaining your body for strength, vitality and energy.

emotional/mental well-being

Being aware and managing your feelings, being at peace with who you are, and having the tools you need to weather life's ups and downs.

environmental well-being

Reflects the impact your environment (home, school, city, planet) has on you and the impact you have on the environment.

financial well-being

Your relationship with money and skills for managing resources, as well as your ability to make good consumer choices and seek out appropriate financial opportunities.

occupational well-being

The work you choose to do and how it contributes to your community and fulfills you.

social well-being

How you choose to define and connect with your community and the people around you.

intellectual well-being

Feeling stimulated and engaged with learning and staying open to new ideas and perspectives.

spiritual well-being

Your understanding of your place and purpose, how you make meaning of what happens to you, and what your mind goes to for comfort or relief.