Books For All 8 Areas Of Wellness

Our well-being has many dimensions beyond physical and mental health, from financial and social to emotional and environmental, that impact our overall health and happiness. We curated a reading list that caters to all eight pillars of wellness for support and knowledge in every area.

March 10, 2023

Wellness Institute defines wellness as awareness of ourselves as whole people, with a sense of balance and comfort. It is the feeling “that things are going well for us today and can continue to go well for us tomorrow,” having a sense of purpose, meaningful relationships, and resilience. At the same time, we might experience setbacks and stress in life.

The eight wellness dimensions model has long been used as a practical framework for pursuing wellness, including physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, environmental, occupational, social, and intellectual wellness.

Dr. Peggy Swarbrick, the creator of this model, says it has evolved “over many years based on the lived experiences of people facing traumatic life experiences and mental health challenges.”

Physical Wellness

Maintaining a healthy body, good physical health habits, good nutrition and exercise, and accessing adequate health care.

Emotional Wellness 

The ability to express feelings, enjoy life, adjust to emotional challenges, and cope with stress and traumatic experiences.

Spiritual Wellness

Having a sense of balance, peace, meaning, and purpose, including morals and ethics. It may or may not involve religious activities. 

Financial Wellness 

Having financial resources to meet practical needs, a sense of control, and knowledge about personal finances.

Environmental Wellness

Being and feeling physically safe, in safe and clean surroundings, and able to access clean air, food, and water. Includes our micro-environment (where we live, learn, and work) and macro-environment (our communities, country, and whole planet).

Occupational Wellness

Participation in activities that provide meaning and purpose, including employment.

Social Wellness 

Building and maintaining relationships with others.

Intellectual Wellness

Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand our knowledge and skills — can be personal and professional development, cultural involvement, community involvement, and personal hobbies.