Your Dashboard Tools

Health Domains

The World Health Organisation defines wellness as

“a complete state of physical, mental, and social wellbeing, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

Scientists have been studying wellness (or wellbeing, or happiness) for over ten years now in a number of studies. We have followed this research closely – we are particularly drawn to the South Australian Wellbeing and Resilience work from Adelaide (SAHMRI).  

As we point out at our page on Health, Wellbeing and Wellness there are several definitions in play, and these have emerges from different scientific, psychological and medical roots.

Our definition takes into account physical health and all its constituent parts but also mental and financial health. 

Within these definitions, we have to break down the overall concept into ‘bite-sized chunks’ that we can actually do something about.

The first level we call health domains. 

There are a large number of definitions of wellness, and of the domains that constitute wellness. We like the Life of Wellness site which shares our views on the domains of wellness (although it’s very Californian!). 

 You can also see a Canadian view here, which happens to have similar domains to the ones we have chosen.

If you type ‘dimensions of wellness’ into Google you will see a huge list of different definitions, each breaking the overall concept into different groupings. We have chosen:

1. Emotional Wellness: Awareness and acceptance of feelings
2. Spiritual Wellness: A search for meaning and purpose
3. Intellectual Wellness: Recognition of your creativity, knowledge and skills
4. Physical Wellness: Need for physical activity and balanced nutrition
5. Environmental Wellness: Positive awareness and impact on your environment
6. Financial Wellness: Debt reduction, cash flow balance or financial future planning
7. Occupational Wellness: Personal achievement and enrichment from your career
8. Social Wellness: Contribution to your community

When it comes to it, you can decide for yourself how you fare in each of these dimensions, or you can take our simple questionnaire to see whether this backs up your feelings.

Welcome to your Wellness Domains Questionnaire.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to assess how your health (or wellness or wellbeing) is across a number of different dimensions or domains.  There has been a lot of scientific study on wellness or wellbeing over the last ten years. It shows that it is influenced by many variables, e.g. being physically healthy, having a good job, having positive relationships, having good living standards, etc. The list goes on. Some of these things are physical, some financial, and some mental. Some are within our direct control, others aren't.

In order to work out which areas of our wellbeing we should focus on, we define a number of different areas or domains or dimensions that we can work on. If you type 'dimensions of wellbeing' into Google you will find many definitions of the dimensions of wellbeing, and they split into 6, 7, 8 or 10 different dimensions. The reason for using different domains is to find areas we can work on and improve, before things get too bad and require a more serious intervention.

We have used 8 different domains of wellbeing or health, and this questionnaire has six questions in each area. For each question, mark the score that applies to you. There are no right or wrong answers, and the objective is to see how you feel in each area.