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The purpose of this unit is to define the conditions that must be met for individuals to experience well-being. First, students will define their most basic physiological needs for survival. Students will also reflect on their feelings of safety and security at home and at school. Finally, students will learn about how important it is to feel love, belonging, and connection with those around them.
The lowest level of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs covers our most basic physiological needs, the biological requirements for human survival: air, food, water, shelter, clothing, warmth, and sleep. Individuals who do not adequately meet these needs tend to struggle in each of the 5 areas of well-being: physical, social, emotional, mental, and academic.
Another foundational need for individual wellness is feeling physically and psychologically safe. Physical safety includes feeling safe from harm or danger. Psychological safety means that one can express ideas, opinions, and feelings without being punished, embarrassed, or made fun of. A psychologically safe environment is a place where people are comfortable expressing and being themselves and are willing to take risks to learn and grow.
Lastly, individuals must feel that they are loved by others, that they belong to the group, and that they experience connection in their relationships. When these conditions are met, individuals can more easily experience well-being.
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