The term wellbeing has been applied in many ways. Although there might be different views on what wellbeing encompasses, the National Wellness Institute–along with the help of leaders in health and wellness–shared many interpretations and models of wellbeing.
Through this discussion, there appears to be general agreement that:
Wellbeing is a conscious, self-directed and evolving process of achieving full potential
Wellbeing is multidimensional and holistic, encompassing lifestyle, mental and spiritual well-being, and the environment
Wellbeing is positive and affirming
The definition of wellbeing long used by the National Wellness Institute is consistent with these tenets:
Wellness is an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence.
Wellness at Salem focuses on promoting awareness and education, motivation for positive behavior changes, and influencing campus practices and policy to support a healthy environment.