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Georgia Tech is utilizing an eight-dimension model for wellness; below are brief definitions of each dimension adapted from work conducted by the Global Wellness Institute, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and the University of Maryland at College Park.

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Coping effectively with life stressors, having self-esteem, and expressing optimism, as well as being aware of our feelings, accepting the full range of feelings, expressing our feelings appropriately, and understanding the feelings of others.


Honoring the interdependent, dynamic relationship we have with our environment - whether social, natural, built or digital – and our responsibility for sustaining it; occupying pleasant, nurturing, safe and stimulating environments.


Having basic needs met and a positive relationship with money, applying resource management skills to live within one’s means, making informed financial decisions, setting realistic financial goals, and preparing for short- and long-term needs or emergencies.


Finding ways to engage in lifelong learning, expand knowledge and skills, and interact with the world through problem-solving, experimentation and curiosity, as well as the ability to think critically, reason objectively and explore new ideas.


Also known as "career."  Getting personal satisfaction and enrichment from work, hobbies and volunteer efforts, that are consistent with one’s values, goals and lifestyle, as well as taking a thoughtful and proactive approach to career planning and grow.


Replenishing the body through physical activity, exercise, sleep, and nutrition; engaging in low-risk alcohol, tobacco and other drug use; conducting routine health exams/screenings; and adopting preventive measures such as vaccines and condom use.


Connecting and engaging with others and our communities in meaningful ways, having a well-developed support system, being interculturally competent, and feeling a sense of belonging.


Includes searching for and/or having a sense of purposeful existence and meaning in life, as well as seeking harmony with the universe, extending compassion towards others, practicing gratitude, and engaging in self-reflection.

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"There is no consensus around a single definition of well-being, but there is general agreement that at minimum, well-being includes the presence of positive emotions and moods (e.g., contentment, happiness), the absence of negative emotions (e.g., depression, anxiety), satisfaction with life, fulfillment and positive functioning. In simple terms, well-being can be described as judging life positively and feeling good." -- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)

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