Wellness is more than being free of illness. It is an active process of becoming aware of and making self-directed choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. In turn, our well-being directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it is important to strive for optimal wellness in order to subdue stress, reduce the risk of illness, and ensure positive interactions during your global experience. Wellness is an active process towards healthy living that focuses on eight dimensions: academic, emotional, environmental, financial, professional, physical, social, and spiritual. Each dimension is equally important to maintain and optimize as we strive for healthy living both at home and while traveling.