Health Topics - What is Wellness?

7 realms of wellness

Definition of Wellness

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware of and making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life.

"...a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." - The World Health Organization.


Dimensions of Wellness

What does wellness mean to you? Wellness is more than being free from illness. Wellness is a dynamic process of change and growth. There are many interrelated dimensions of wellness: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, social, environmental, and occupational. Each dimension is equally vital in the pursuit of optimum health.

Social Wellness

social wellness icon Perform social roles effectively and comfortably, and create a support network.

Want to enhance your social wellness? Hang out with some friends at the Coffee House or get involved with student programs and activities.

Occupational Wellness

occupational wellness icon Enjoy your occupational endeavors and appreciate your contributions.

Want to enhance your occupational wellness? Try exploring available jobs/internships at the Internship and Career Center or find a job through Student Employment.

Physical Wellness

physical wellness icon Maintain a healthy body and seek medical care when needed.

Want to enhance your physical wellness? Health and wellness services are available through Student Health and Wellness Services. Pick up fruits and vegetables at the UC Davis Farmers Market or try out the offerings from Campus Recreation.

Intellectual Wellness

Intellectual wellness icon Have an open mind when you encounter new ideas and continue to expand your knowledge.

Want to enhance your intellectual wellness? Try attending an event at the Mondavi Center or the Women’s Resources and Research Center.

Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness icon Understand your feelings and cope effectively with stress.

Want to enhance your emotional wellness? Try finding some healthy ways of dealing with stress; Student Health and Counseling Services has many wellness services or try exploring meditation at The House.

Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness icon Develop a set of values that help you seek meaning and purpose.

Want to enhance your spiritual wellness? Participate in a program put on by the Program in Religious Studies.

Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness icon Respect the delicate balance between the environment and ourselves.

Want to enhance your environmental wellness? Check out the services and opportunities available through R4 Recycling or go on a tour at the Arboretum.


Additional Campus Resources

The UC Davis Wellness Portal is your gateway to everything wellness and is the one stop shop for campus and online wellness resources.