Living in health, harmony, and beauty: The Diné (navajo) hózhó wellness philosophy

Michelle Kahn John Diné, Mary Koithan

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Hózhó is the complex wellness philosophy and belief system of the Diné (Navajo) people, comprised of principles that guide one's thoughts, actions, behaviors, and speech. The alignment of integrative nursing principles and the Hózhó Wellness Philosophy illustrates the power that integrative nursing offers as a metatheoretical perspective that can transform our healthcare system so that it is inclusive and responsive to the needs of our varied populations. Integrative nursing offers the opportunity to re-introduce cultural wellness wisdom, such as Hózhó, as a means to improve whole-person/whole-systems wellbeing and resilience. Integrative nursing, through the acceptance and validation of indigenous health-sustaining wisdom, contributes to the delivery of effective, authentic, culturally tailored, whole-person/whole-system, patient-centered, relationship-based healthcare. Highlighting the Diné Hózhó philosophy re-introduces this philosophy to the Diné, other American Indian/Alaska Native nations, global indigenous cultures, and even nonindigenous people of the world as a means to promote and sustain global health and wellbeing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)24-30
Number of pages7
JournalGlobal Advances In Health and Medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2015


  • American indian
  • Culture
  • Hózhó
  • Integrative nursing
  • Wellness
  • Wellness philosophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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