What creates a good life? SAMHSA (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration) defines wellness into eight dimensions.

  1. Emotional—Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships
  2. Environmental—Good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being
  3. Financial—Satisfaction with current and future financial situations
  4. Intellectual—Recognizing creative abilities and finding ways to expand knowledge and skills
  5. Occupational—Personal satisfaction and enrichment from one’s work
  6. Physical—Recognizing the need for physical activity, healthy foods, and sleep
  7. Social—Developing a sense of connection, belonging, and a well-developed support system
  8. Spiritual—Expanding a sense of purpose and meaning in life

The Eight Dimensions of Wellness., from http://www.samhsa.gov/wellness-initiative/eight-dimensions-wellness

Our wellness is like a puzzle set. You don’t know exactly how it all fits together sometimes, but when a piece is missing, the effects are obvious. We all need a complete and balanced life. We innately need as humans all the component of wellness – that missing piece could be health insurance (physical), gainful employment (occupational) or even the lack of inclusive places to hang out (social.)

As we continue to advocate for people living with disabilities, care must be exercised to ensure ALL areas are adequately covered for each individual. No one deserves to be left with missing pieces of their puzzle.

Reflection Question:

What areas can we most improve on in CT in the disability sector?


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