Consider the concept of wellness, which is a conscious, self-directed, and evolving process of achieving a healthy and fulfilling life. As this definition indicates, healthiness is not just the absence of disease but involves both body and mind in achieving a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being. Wellness focuses on the whole person, taking a holistic approach to achieve health and happiness. 

There is no set definition of what constitutes being healthy and well. According to the National Wellness Institute, there are six dimensions of wellness: emotional, occupational, physical, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Each component is interconnected with the others; being healthful cannot be achieved if one or more of these components is lacking.

For example, a holistic model of living includes efforts to build better living spaces and social networks; a healthy approach to work that is balanced with living and playing; the development of a belief system and adherence to a set of core values; regular physical activity to promote fitness; healthy eating habits that focus on nutrition; creative and stimulating mental activities; personal responsibility and self-care that includes medical attention when needed; and an overall positive outlook.

Wellness as a concept is increasingly touted in what are known as “helping professions,” such as coaching, counseling, and health care.


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Wellness Resources

Gale offers a product portfolio of digital products, including databases and eBooks, to support the study of wellness.


Gale databases offer researchers, students, and faculty credible, up-to-date content from a variety of wellness publications, health articles, wellness articles, and other wellness literature.

Gale eBooks

Gale offers a variety of wellness eBooks from many publications. Users can add Gale eBooks to a customized collection and cross-search to pinpoint relevant content. Workflow tools help users easily share, save, and download content.

  • The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, 3rd Edition

    The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, 3rd Edition

    Gale  | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781410388308

    The Gale Encyclopedia of Diets, 3rd edition presents detailed but easy-to-read information on 325 topics on diet and nutrition, including special diets, popular diets, dietary concerns, nutrition basics, and health-related concerns. Topics are organized around the development and history of a diet, its basic principles, any key figures that influenced the practice, and any public and regulatory concerns associated with the diet. Information is provided across all age groups, from infants to the elderly.

    Features and benefits:

    •  Provides readers with in-depth, up-to-date, and accessible information from many publications that will help them deal with and understand their own dietary issues.
    • “Key Terms” sidebar for each entry to define unfamiliar terms and concepts.
    • Words to know, glossary, list of organizations, and subject index; full-color images and illustrations throughout.
    • Alphabetic arrangement of entries and extensive cross-referencing.


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  • Keeping Students Safe and Helping Them Thrive: A Collaborative Handbook on School Safety, Mental Health, and Wellness, 1st Edition

    Keeping Students Safe and Helping Them Thrive: A Collaborative Handbook on School Safety, Mental Health, and Wellness, 1st Edition

    Praeger   | 2019 | ISBN-13: 9781440854149

    Safe schools and student well-being take a village of adults and students with varied interests, perspectives, and abilities collaborating to create caring, supportive, and academically productive schools. Schools are unofficial mental healthcare providers for at-risk children and youth whose un- and under-addressed needs can compromise teaching and learning. This handbook provides up-to-date information on how to promote safety, wellness, and mental health in a manner that can help draw the needed village together. It aligns research and practice to support effective collaboration and provides information and tools for educators, administrators, policymakers, mental health and community organizations, families, parents, and students to join forces to promote and support school safety, student well-being, and student mental health. For students, scholars, faculty, and researchers in education, counseling, and psychology, and administrators and community representatives.

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  • Understanding Weight Control: Mind and Body Strategies for Lifelong Success, 1st Edition

    Understanding Weight Control: Mind and Body Strategies for Lifelong Success, 1st Edition

    Praeger   | 2018 | ISBN-13: 9781440857218

    Aiming to instill healthy perspectives for lifelong weight control, this book focuses on strategies that are designed to be modified and rotated throughout life to promote motivation, liveliness, and curiosity—key elements of not only losing weight but maintaining a healthy one. Each chapter is backed by the latest scientific evidence and presented in a way that’s clear and understandable to readers. Emerging successful strategies are highlighted, and myths such as those developed by product and diet advertising campaigns are debunked. The book presents a general, science-backed plan for long-term weight management. The author explains the physical and psychological factors of weight control—why our fat cells sometimes go rogue and what habits and other factors we can control to change that. She addresses coping with the mental challenges that accompany weight loss and control and additionally shares illustrative stories from her weight loss patients as well as from her own experience.

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