Learn About The 7 Sources Of Health


Research shows that people who know their “WHY” or life purpose are likely to live 7 years longer than those who do not know their life purpose. They also spend less time in the hospital, have a stronger immune system, have a lower risk of many chronic diseases, such as high blood pressure and stroke. And for older adults who develop Alzheimer’s, those with an established WHY have a slower decline.


Your physical body, a foundational source of your health, includes attention to movement, sleep, and eating. Each of these activities determines the quality of your health. And, they are all interrelated. The quality and quantity of what you eat impacts your movement and sleep. Likewise, your sleep impacts your movement and eating. And, your movement impacts your eating and sleeping.


Your mind, a foundational source of your health, includes your thoughts and sensations. Research has shown that meditation, one key self-care skill, is to the mind, as sleep is to the body, a time to replenish and renew. Mind self-care skills can improve stress management, decrease anxiety, depression, pain sensation, high blood pressure, high blood glucose, and can manage obesity. Mind self-care skills calm brain waves, increase brain activity, brain size, blood flow, neuroplasticity, cognitive flexibility, and executive functioning. They can also stimulate the immune system and balance hormone production.


Your creativity, a foundational source of your health, includes what is vital or essential to you as a human being. Research has shown that self-care skills such as drawing improve self-esteem, increases awareness and can help overcome the effects of trauma. Creativity self-care skills can result in improved well-being, a decrease in health care costs and a stronger immune system resulting in fewer illnesses.


Your emotions, a foundational source of your health, include your feelings, intuition, and reactions. Brain structures involved in positive emotions like compassion are more plastic – subject to changes brought about through environmental input. Emotional self-care skills increase happiness, resilience, social skills, kindness, optimism, sleep. These skills also make the practitioner more likely to exercise regularly, be a better manager, make better decisions, and be more productive.


Involvement in community benefits us, the recipients, and the entire community. Community self-care skills promote deeper social interaction, enhanced meaning and purpose, and a more active lifestyle. Practicing community self-care skills are linked to lower risk for cancer recurrence, higher survival rates among heart attack survivors, lower blood pressure, and better immune responses. Low community connection is worse for you than smoking, high blood pressure, or obesity.


The immediate environment has a significant impact on health, influences mood, impacts behavior and, depending on the built environment can encourage or discourage social interaction. Home and work environment can also impact stress levels. Elevated workplace or environmental noise can cause hearing impairment, hypertension, ischemic heart disease, and sleep disturbance.

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Bernie Klein

MD, CEO, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center

“The self-care training was a unique experience and I found the 7 sources of health to be useful. I will use SOHL’s assessment often to guide and improve my self-care. My self-care scores improved from the beginning to the end of the training, in just a short time. My leadership team found the information informative and useful. They were appreciative of the time spent to learn about self-care including practicing some very useful tools”

Jeremy Ensey

CEO, St. Luke Medical Center, Marion, Kansas

“Spending the morning with Ruthann and her team, my staff learned important self-care strategies as well as evidence-based diet recommendations. Ruthann was engaging, efficient and effective at providing tools that we could immediately put in place to strengthen our 7 sources of health. If you are looking to improve your own health or that of your company, I highly suggest partnering with Ruthann and her team.”

Christine Sostarecz

Human Resources, Intel Corporation

“There were a few surprising results from Ruthann’s training. First, our employees actually attended and kept returning each week to learn more self-care skills. Second, 90% say they would recommend the training to a co-worker and 95% say they will take better care of themselves as a result of the training. Finally, I believe learning these self-care skills is sustainable and worth the investment.”

Jennifer Sellitti

JD, Director of Training and Communications, NJ Office of the Public Defender

“Our attorneys, both new and very experienced, benefited from the SOHL training. The unique combination of continuous self-assessment with self-care practices produced positive results on the spot that our staff will continue to benefit from.”

Joyce Brocaglia

CEO, Alta Associates, and Founder, Executive Women’s Forum

“Both Ruthann’s keynote and self-care training were very well received by the Executive Women’s Forum members. She is a caring, engaging speaker who shares her extensive experience and expertise in an unassuming and approachable manner. She took a creative approach to keynoting by weaving exercises to help us find and validate our life purpose throughout the delivery of her content. She taught easy-to-remember practices, coupled with an effective tool for self-assessment, which provided us with an enjoyable process to improve our self-care for years to come.”

Jessie Kaye

CEO & President, Prairie View Psychiatric and Rehabilitation System

“Our leadership team appreciated Ruthann’s authentic and approachable manner for sharing information. She engaged our group from the very beginning of her presentation. We especially appreciated the opportunity to learn skills that we can practice personally, as well as share with our clients. Ruthann’s system for continuously assessing our self-care was helpful and will be a great tool for our leaders. Although we only scheduled a 2-hour training session, the content was so helpful that we wished we had asked for a whole day.”

Lori Knutson

Corporate Director, Integrative Health & Medicine, Hackensack Meridian Health

“Ruthann worked with my team and I to develop a vision for our system to improve the health of our community using integrative medicine and self-care techniques. Her expertise in and ability to articulate the evidence supporting these techniques is reflected in her polished presentations. From training to strategy, I highly recommend Ruthann and her abilities to effectively train and transform leaders, clinicians, and patients using sustainable self-care practices.”