Wellness Glossary

Explanations of Key Terms Used Throughout the Site

Affirmation: A form of positive self-talk. Affirmations are positive statements that can help you challenge and overcome negative thoughts. When you repeat them often and believe in them, you can change your frame of mind and begin to make positive changes.

Authenticity: The extent to which a person strives to align their actions with their core values and beliefs and acts in sync with their “true selves.”

Boundaries: An established set of limits relating to your physical and emotional well-being, which you expect others to respect in their relationship with you.

Empowered Living: Living with a greater sense of confidence, authority, and control over your path. Gaining and using knowledge and skills to live and work as you truly want.

Flourishing: In positive psychology, it is the state we create when we tend to each aspect of the PERMA model: increasing our Positive emotions, Engaging with the world and our work (or hobbies), developing deep and meaningful Relationships, finding Meaning and purpose in our lives, and Accomplishing our goals through cultivating and applying our strengths and talents.

Holistic Wellness: A wellness approach that considers the whole person. It is a synergistic balance between the mind, body, and spirit, resulting in an overall state of well-being. Holistic wellness comprises eight interconnected dimensions, including social, intellectual, emotional, occupational, environmental, financial, spiritual, and physical wellness.

Limiting Beliefs (also known as self-limiting beliefs): Beliefs, assumptions, or expectations we hold about ourselves, other people, and/or how the world works that limit the way we live. Limiting beliefs is part of an internal system of core beliefs that shape our responses to the external world. They are “self-limiting” because they hinder us from reaching our greatest potential.

Mindfulness: A mental state achieved by focusing one’s awareness on the present moment (i.e., present moment awareness), while acknowledging and accepting one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations without interpretation or judgement.

Mindset: The established set of attitudes held by someone. A person’s mindset arises from their worldview or philosophy of life.

Resilience: Psychological resilience is the ability to mentally or emotionally cope with a crisis or to return to pre-crisis status quickly (i.e., the ability to bounce back). It is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.

Values: Principles, morals, standards and ideals that give life meaning, importance and worth. Core values act as an internal compass that guides behaviors and determines goals.

Value-Based Living: Connecting with and living according to your core values; building patterns of actions linked to values.