Dimensions of Wellness: Intellectual

Intellectual wellness involves utilizing learning resources to expand knowledge, improve skills, and experience life more fully. Intellectual wellness refers to active participation in scholastic, cultural, and community activities. It also involves assimilating what is learned in the classroom with life experience. Valuing and nurturing creativity, curiosity, and lifelong learning is part of intellectual wellness. Intellectually well people are open to new ideas, think critically, and seek out new challenges. People who develop intellectual wellness are more likely to maintain good cognitive function as they age.

Practices that enhance intellectual wellness include:

  • Obtaining good study and time management skills
  • Learning to trust your ability to make good decisions
  • Challenging yourself to see more than one side of an issue
  • Recognizing and valuing learning as a lifelong process
  • Developing creativity and resourcefulness
  • Practicing discernment when taking in information from TV, the Internet, newspapers, etc.
  • Taking advantage of the vast array of intellectually stimulating classes and activities on the Illinois campus
  • Keeping abreast of current events, issues, and ideas
  • Reading
  • Developing new skills such as learning a language, learning how to play an instrument, or engaging in a new hobby
  • Learning to manage your finances

Campus resources for attaining and enhancing intellectual wellness:
Counseling Center
Illini Union Bookstore
Lectures, symposia, etc.
Office of Minority Student Affairs
Senior Odyssey
Spurlock Museum
UI Extension Financial Wellness Program