By: Hanna Berman
Have you heard of the six dimensions of wellness? Developed by the National Wellness Institute (NWI), the six dimensions were conceived to build a holistic sense of wellness and fulfillment in our lives. They’re emotional, occupational, physical, spiritual, and intellectual. Givhero recently partnered with NWI to discuss how our platform was helping folks integrate four out of the six dimensions. And doing it all remotely!
The emotional dimension is all about the *feels*, or as NWI defines it, “the degree to which one feels positive and enthusiastic about one’s self and life.” A surefire way to feel good? Give. Giving back holds a host of physical and psychological benefits. With Givhero, the more you contribute to your health, the more you contribute to meaningful causes. And the best part? Options are abundant, so you choose exactly where the goods are going.
Research shows that when you feel good, the motivation to do well professionally skyrockets. That brings us to our next dimension of wellness, Occupational, or “the personal satisfaction and enrichment in one’s life through work.” It’s simple — if employees aren’t engaged, work doesn’t get done, and companies can’t thrive. That’s why we responded to 88% of millennials, who preferred jobs that provided opportunities to make a positive impact. And through our automated mobile platform, we made it easy for them to integrate these opportunities into their work and personal lives.
Let’s talk theories, shall we? Specifically the Martyrdom Effect theory. It states that “willingness to contribute to a charitable or collective cause increases when the contribution process is expected to be painful and effortful rather than easy and enjoyable.” While this might sound counterintuitive to our emotional and occupational motivation, this concept actually drives the physical dimension, which recognizes the need for regular physical activity. Evidence shows that people feel better when they push themselves outside of their comfort zone. So that 5am run for your 10k training? You’ll feel better for it, and therefore do better.
According to NWI, “the social dimension encourages contributing to one’s environment and community.” This connection, to your peers, colleagues, and community is celebrated every day with the Givhero platform. During a time of isolation, we know that this connection is not only attainable but also necessary.
Interested in your own dimensions of wellness? Let’s chat!
Hanna Berman is a Mental Health & Wellness Contributor for Givhero. As a Mental Health & Organizational Consultant, her career is dedicated to exploring behavior change on both an individual and collective level. She holds a Masters from King’s College London in Global Ethics & Human Values and is a part-time Reiki practitioner with City Acupuncture Clinic in Washington DC.