What Is The Wheel of Well Being?

What is Well Being?

We consider well being to encompass an overall sense of satisfaction with your life. Your overall experience of well being is influenced by your health in six interrelated dimensions we refer to as the Wheel of Well Being.

Wheel-of-Well-Being-Professional-Physican-Relational-Financial-Legal-Spiritual-EmotionalBy evaluating and understanding your well being in each dimension, you discover opportunities for improvement. Giving attention to these opportunities in each dimension can positively impact your overall well being which can have a transformative effect on your contentment and satisfaction in life.

Dimensions of Well Being

The VITAL WorkLife Wheel of Well Being is a framework used to evaluate distinct areas of life and build well being. Life can be divided into key dimensions all working together synergistically to create the uniqueness of each person. Each area of life is interrelated with the others. However, at any given time, life can become overwhelming. When we take a moment to assess the current situation, the Wheel of Well Being helps focus on a specific key dimension. The following definitions will provide support as overall balance and well being is explored.

Professional - Providing services for financial compensation while feeling a sense of career fulfillment coupled with a sense of value for contributing something of worth to the organization and/or society.

Physical - All aspects of your body including your general overall health, your senses, intellect and the type, and consistency, of the activities you partake in.

Financial/Legal - FINANCIAL: The management of money, credit and other debt and asset issues. LEGAL: To understand the law as it pertains to your personal or professional welfare.

Spiritual - Exploration of a life of meaning, purpose, values and beliefs, the role of spirit or soul, and/or a deeper understanding of self and your connections to the larger community.

Emotional - Characterized by a stable mood, ability to experience, manage and express emotions, acceptance of self and others, a positive outlook and freedom from worry.

Relational - Interactions and connections between individuals and groups, including professional relationships in the workplace and personal relationships with family and friends.

To learn more, you might find it helpful to assess your own well being. Take this quick assessment to determine the balance for each dimension of your Wheel of Well Being.

Source: Jane E. Myers, Thomas J. Sweeney and J. Melvin Witmer, Journal of Counseling & Development, first published online: 23 DEC 2011

We can help.

Every dimension of the wheel is essential to your personal overall well being. If you feel one dimension, or several dimensions, are lagging behind or out of balance, we’re here to help. If you have concerns about your Wheel of Well Being, whether it be in your professional or personal life, talking to a counselor or peer coach as part of your VITAL WorkLife benefits can help you develop a plan to get your Wheel of Well Being into balance or set goals to build your own pathway toward well being.

Call VITAL WorkLife anytime for the support you and your loved ones need.

  • EAP members call 800.383.1908
  • Physician Well Being Resources members call 877.731.3949


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Susan Otten, ABC, SCMP, MBA

Susan Otten, is the CEO of Otten Associates and served as COO for VITAL WorkLife from 2014-2018. Susan has rich experience in communications, marketing, process improvement, organizational development and consulting. Susan has been a successful business strategy and marketing consultant, as well as has held numerous leadership roles in both large and small companies in a variety of industries. Susan has presented on a variety of topics, including B2B social media, is the Immediate Past President for the International Association of Business Communicators, Minnesota Chapter, leads the IABCMN Masterminds group for Healthcare Veteran Communicators and supports the University of St. Thomas entrepreneur competition, e-Fest and mentorship program. Susan has her BS degree in Human Ecology from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, her MBA with a concentration in Marketing and Organizational Development from Illinois Benedictine University – Chicago and holds certifications as an Accredited Business Communicator (ABC), Strategic Communication Management Professional (SCMP) and is GRI certified for Sustainability Reporting.