What Students Say about Prioritizing the 13 Components of Health
Kristina H, September 8, 2013
"This survey has made a positive impact on the lives of me and my family. We are going to have our second child in five months. Do I quit my 1/2 time job? Ask to cut back on hours? Keep what I've got? What about school? Occupational health competes for time and energy with my family health? And that significantly affects my economic health. Health is so intertwined! This survey gave me the structure to think things out more clearly considering the bazillion things I need and want. Thanks Dr. Salscheider!"
Janelle C, September 8, 2013
"This sparked a great conversation in my home. My husband and I had a great talk about where our priorities are. It's funny how we had never really talked about it like this. I think we take a lot of things for granted. This activity opened a brand new line of communication for me! It's fun!"
Mike C, September 3, 2013
"This short survey makes you actively rank your priorities, which people probably don't consciously ever do (outside of this excercise), but which governs so much of our decision making processes. It was sobering (and a little disconcerning) that I ranked economic health above all else - unexpected because I don't buy jack, I don't even have a smart phone or a video game system - more so that I ranked it so much higher than love and emotional health. That might explain a few things. However, so many of these categories are not so cut and dry as to be exclusive; for example, economic health greatly influences love health (most divorces stem from finances - amount or management thereof). Third, it makes me curious if age or gender are correlated with certain priorities; it makes perfect sense that they would, but that might just be a preconceived notion that could prove to be entirely false. Anyway, I thought the survey was personally enlightening and overall interesting."
Kendra F, September 7, 2013
"While reading through the survey, I actually became quite unsure about areas of my life that I thought were important. I found that I would second guess where to put almost every component. When I was done, it still didn't seem right. It is amazing to me how over the past few years the importance of my family, friends and spiritual health (to name a few) have changed so drastically and will again in years to come. This survey was an eye opener to certain areas of my life."
Jan C, September 8, 2013
"This survey was challenging and enlightening for me. As I read the list of the 13 components of health I was somewhat surprised by what is considered to be a component of health. I was also surprised by how many times I arranged and rearranged them on my list. Finally, after finishing, I read through the lists of others. I was very interested in the diversity. I found that what may be a very high priority to me was not so high for others. It left me with many questions. Is there one correct answer? By this I mean, if I were to go to the "answer sheet" would I find that I have prioritized them wrong? Can 13 people with 13 different answers all be considered healthy? Or is it more complex and individual than that?
I rearranged my list a number of times, contemplating every one as if I were playing chess. In the end I'm still not sure if I'm satisfied with their positions. They seem to be so intertwined, it was difficult to decide. This is interesting and I have found myself reviewing it again and again.
In regard to the 13 components of health I was interested in the categories presented. For example, political freedom. We live in a free country. I confess that I have taken this for granted to an extent. So this may be lower on my list compared to someone who lives in a part of the world that is not free. I think alongside this would be economic standing. I do not generally wonder how I am going to feed my kids. This is not true for so many people worldwide. Their priorities would be so very different from mine.
The most interesting thing to me is that this survey opened my eyes to the opinions of others. I don't know that there can be right or wrong answers. The answers are as individual as the person choosing them. As individuals change their priorities most likely will change also. The one thing I do know for sure is that none of them should be taken for granted. We live in a diverse world full of diverse people."