Wellness Garden

The Six Dimensional Wellness Model

6 dimensions of wellness chart

Developed by Dr. Bill Hettler, Cofounder and President of the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute, this interdependent model, commonly referred to as the 6 Dimensions of Wellness,
provides the cursory categories from which NWI derives its products and services.

The categories and tenets are as follows:


  • It is better to contribute to the common welfare of our community than to think only of ourselves.
  • It is better to live in harmony with others and our environment than to live in conflict with them.


  • It is better to choose a career which is consistent with our personal values interests and beliefs than to select one that is unrewarding to us.
  • It is better to develop functional, transferable skills through structured involvement opportunities than to remain inactive and uninvolved.


  • It is better to ponder the meaning of life for ourselves and to be tolerant of the beliefs of others than to close our minds and become intolerant.
  • It is better to live each day in a way that is consistent with our values and beliefs than to do otherwise and feel untrue to ourselves.


  • It is better to consume foods and beverages that enhance good health rather than those which impair it.
  • It is better to be physically fit than out of shape.


  • It is better to stretch and challenge our minds with intellectual and creative pursuits than to become self-satisfied and unproductive.
  • It is better to identify potential problems and choose appropriate courses of action based on available information than to wait, worry and contend with major concerns later.


  • It is better to be aware of and accept our feelings than to deny them.
  • It is better to be optimistic in our approach to life than pessimistic.

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