Wellness vs. Well-Being: What's the Difference?
an active process that helps individuals reach their optimal well-being by integrating all the dimensions of wellness into their lives: physical, social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, intellectual, occupational, and financial.
is an optimal and dynamic state that allows people to achieve their full potential (e.g., happiness, functioning, fulfillment, satisfaction) through both the individual pursuit of wellness and the commitment and support of the communities to which they belong.
Making choices surrounding wellness and well-being involves SKILLS that are developed through KNOWLEDGE and SELF-AWARNESS, along with COMMUNITY SUPPORT. There are many services and programs through Health & Wellness and other resources on campus that can help.
The Well-Being Wheel
The Well-Being Wheel can be used as a tool to check in with your wellness to better understand what is going well and what may be challenging.
As you look at the Wheel, you can ask yourself: How can I align my values with my choices? How do my identities, strengths, and experiences affect my wellness? How is my community supporting my wellness? How am I contributing to others’ wellness?
In 2022, Health & Wellness updated our previous design of the Wellness Wheel to be more inclusive. We recognize that an individual can practice as much self-care as possible, but without a supportive community and an accessible environment, a state of well-being is out of reach. The new Well-Being Wheel encourages communities—such as the UNH campus community—to take an active role in supporting an individual's ability to reach their full potential.