The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched this week its annual National Wellness Week event, a public health effort in which the agency reminds us to pay attention to our wellness. According to SAMHSA, there are eight dimensions of wellness—some more obvious and others less so—that include physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, environmental, financial, occupational, and social aspects of behavioral health. Hypothetically, if we find ourselves wanting to change our behavior and improve one of these vital areas of our lives, how should we go about doing so?
In the past few years, a lot of research has suggested that behavioral changes could dramatically reduce cancer risk. A recent study estimated that if everyone engaged in four healthy lifestyle behaviors—not smoking,... more