Dimensions of Health

Humans have been around for many centuries. In this century, we are growing more aware of the negative effects illness and stress have on the human body. We are also becoming aware of the necessary steps needed to be healthy and accomplish a longer life span. With the ever-growing number of diseases around the human population, it is imperative that humans realize the importance of being healthy.

People believe health is attained by just eating healthy foods, and exercising but that is not the case. Different components compile a human beings overall health; the components are called six different dimensions. The different dimensions are physical, psychological, spiritual, social, intellectual, and environmental. This paper will discuss and define each of the six dimensions of health. Physical

One of the components of health is physical; it is viewed in the human body. If one eats nutritious foods and exercises regularly, one can ward off many illnesses. Eating and exercising regularly does not guarantee a person to have optimum health. One must also avoid detrimental conducts and avoid harmful substances, such as alcohol, and cigarettes. Psychological

Like physical health, psychological healthy is another component of a healthy human being. According to Hales (2003), psychological health consists of emotional health dealing with feelings and mental health dealing with thoughts. To be psychologically healthy one must know how one feels and react appropriately. One cannot react negatively without thinking things thoroughly. A person that is not psychologically healthy can injure themselves or other people. Spiritual

Another component of health is spiritual health. Spiritual health is the ability of human beings to believe in an ultimate higher force working in their life. According to Hales (2003) 95 percent of Americans believe in God and they also believe that prayer can cause God to grant miracles and cure illnesses. Spiritual people find that prayer helps them cope through times of trouble. So, when an illness attacks a person or they have difficulties their spiritual strength can help them cope and come out of any potential depression. Social

Social health goes hand-in-hand with spiritual health. Social health is the ability of a person to interact with other people around them. It is the ability of a person to find comfort in other people. Socially healthy people like to be around other people and are friendly and helpful around their communities, thus causing an amiable and pleasant community. As well as making friends, socially healthy people tend to have healthy relationships and are not too prone to be sick. Intellectual

Intellectual health is another important part of a healthy person. A person needs to be intellectually healthy to take place within society. One must think, and be able to learn from ones actions and from others actions to survive. Through out a persons life decisions will need to be made and unless a person knows how to think, they cannot make good decisions. Additionally a person needing to be intellectually healthy for a good life, should be as knowledgeable as possible so he or she can have fulfilling conversations and socially and culturally different friends. Environmental

Environmental health is the last of the components of health or the last of the six dimensions of health. Environmental refers to the environment surrounding the people, is the environment is unhealthy the person will develop many problems, from physical to mental. In addition to being in a healthy environment, one must work to preserve the environment as a whole, so the air, water, and soil are safe.

In conclusion, to achieve a healthy body, a person has to be in good condition in all six dimensions of health. Physical, psychological, spiritual, social, intellectual, and environmental are the different aspects that compose total health. A person cannot be healthy and neglectful of one of these six dimensions that compose health. The different aspects should be approached individually being certain that all needs are met, because until the needs are met a person cannot be healthy.

References Hales, D. (2003). An invitation to health. (10th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning.