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Spiritual Wellness:

To enjoy spiritual wellness is to possess a set of guiding beliefs, principles, or values that give meaning and purpose to your life, especially in difficult times. The spiritually well person focuses on the positive aspects of life and finds spirituality to be an antidote for negative feelings such as cynicism, anger, and pessimism. Organized religions help many people develop spiritual health. Religion, however, is not the only source or form of spiritual wellness. Many people find meaning and purpose in their lives on their own—through nature, art, meditation, or good works—or with their loved ones.

Spiritual Wellness consists of:

• Capacity for love

• Compassion

• Forgiveness

• Altruism

• Joy

• Fulfillment

• Caring for others

• Sense of meaning and purpose

• Sense of belonging to something greater than oneself

Definition and Information from:

Fahey/Insel/Roth, Fit & Well: Core Concepts and Labs in Physical Fitness and Wellness, Chapter 1

McGraw-Hill Higher Education

Link to Chapter

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Student Health & Counseling Center 503.838.8313 | or e-mail: contact@wou.edu

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