Personal Responsibility and Wellness
"What is Personal Responsibility and Wellness?"
Personal Responsibility and Wellness is approached through developing a life of quality for the individual and living harmoniously with others. It is a dynamic state in which an individual assumes a proactive and holistic approach to his or her life through perpetual assessment of choices, behaviors, mindsets, and attitudes. The multidimensional aspects of the philosophy are contained in seven domains; Social, Physical, Emotional, Cultural, Intellectual, Environmental, and Spiritual (SPECIES). This model provides a foundation for a wide range of interdisciplinary experiences both in and out of the classroom in which students are presented with opportunities to progress toward their individual potential and thoughtfully engage with their communities. Through incorporating elements of personal responsibility, healthy living, community involvement, and self-evaluation students are given the tools to create a wellness perspective as it relates to lifestyle choices and relationships with others. As a vital module of the Common Curriculum and the undergraduate experience, students may elect to enroll in PRW 3305; Personal Responsibility and Community, PRW 3303; Self, Identity and Community Engagement PRW 2000-level courses.
Engaging in personal responsibility and wellness includes asking these questions of yourself each day;
Am I taking responsibility for what I am doing?
Am I doing what I am doing with enthusiasm and a positive spirit?
Am I giving what I am doing my best effort?
Am I acting in the best interest of the common good?
The Seven Dimensions of Wellness
Social Wellness refers to your level of social interaction and how it pertains to your health. Some of the most powerful predictors of long-term physical and psychological well-being surround friendship. This area of wellness focuses on caring about others, the value of close friendships, group associations, and our willingness to seek out others during stressful times. In general, people who are closely connected with others enjoy better long-term physical and psychological health.
Physical Wellness promotes physical fitness and long-term bodily health. In addition to exercise, this component promotes good eating habits and seeks the avoidance of other risky daily behaviors such as drug and alcohol abuse, unsafe sex. In general, people who are committed to fitness, good eating, and respect for one's body usually have better long-term physical and psychological health.
Emotional Wellness refers to the psychological and emotional outlook that people hold concerning their lives. High levels of emotional wellness are associated with an optimism and enthusiasm about life, as well as an ability to acknowledge the stress sometimes felt, and a willingness to talk with others about it. In general, having these qualities are associated with better long-term physical and psychological health.
Cultural Wellness enhances and elevates social trust, supports all community members living harmoniously, and fosters civic engagement. This includes valuing and celebrating diversity in one’s community and around the world, and building positive relationships with people of different backgrounds, ethnicities, races, abilities, lifestyles, genders, and ages. Appreciating the richness of the variety of cultural backgrounds, and honoring the voices and experiences of those different from self through knowledge development and respectful dialogue are key components of Cultural Wellness. Authentic engagement in cultural wellness principles and diverse experiences is related to healthier communities and the well-being of individuals within the community.
Intellectual Wellness is a state of mind - a way of approaching the world of ideas unrelated to I.Q. or college board scores. The more that people are intellectually excited by what they are doing, the healthier they are. This component of wellness considers such things as our enjoyment of exploring new ideas, generating creative solutions to problems, playing with new sights and sounds, and approaching novel situations with an open mind.
Environmental Wellness encompasses the ways we think and act in preserving our living planet. Behaviors and attitudes that promote environmental wellness may or may not affect your health directly. Nevertheless, it is certain that having an interest in a variety of problems in our society and in the world in general will directly affect the quality of life for all of us.
Spiritual Wellness is not concerned with just the nature of your religious beliefs or specific religious practices. Rather, it deals with broad spiritual experiences that most of us have had that may or may not be related to religion. Having a sense of interconnected respect for all life forms or becoming lost in meditation, poetry, music, or prayer can have profound positive physical and psychological consequences.