Plato, in the Republic, emphasized utilizing intelligence to bring one’s whole soul to its best nature. Human intelligence is where all our thinking, acting, and feelings originate. There exists a plethora of studies on cognitive, some studies on emotional, and scarce research on transpersonal/spiritual intelligence. However, a holistic paradigm, the trinity paradigm of intelligence (TPI), has emerged recently, which encompasses three realms: intrapersonal (physical), interpersonal (social), and transpersonal (spiritual). This has allowed designing, implementing, and evaluating a holistic intelligent wellness program. A structured intelligent wellness program, including the three realms, was developed and embedded into a college science course. The program consisted of students’ choice of activities, performed three times a week, at least one hour each session, for the entire semester. Also included were activities for practicing effective time management, and students’ weekly journal writing reflecting on the activities. The purpose of this participatory action research was to design, implement, and explore the effectiveness of such program on college students’ physical wellness, socialization, and developing sense of unity and belonging. A total of 156 college students participated in this qualitative research. The study's duration was five years. Focus group interviews were conducted. The sources of the data were the interview transcripts and the students’ weekly reflective journals.
|Keywords:||Human Intelligence, Designing a Wellness Program, Holistic Education|
Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Graduate Programs, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA