Well-Being: An Overview

Well-Being: An Overview

Research shows that our ability to thrive and succeed – as a student, as an employee, as an organization, and in our lives – is directly correlated to our degree of well-being. We define well-being as building a life of vitality, purpose, resilience, and engagement. The good news is that well-being can be learned and developed at any age, and the benefits cross over to all aspects of life.

Each of us can actually change the chemistry of our brain to produce more positive and hopeful responses. Our levels of well-being can be elevated through engagement in the practices and mindsets that raise positive experiences, build resilience, and increase hope for a better future.

When these evidence-based techniques become part of our everyday life, they increase our ability to make choices and take actions that lead to increased personal and professional success. Enhancing individual and organizational well-being is the goal of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being.

Our work provides individuals and organizations with tools and resources to more positively influence others and the world around them, creating a ripple effect to a world that’s thriving together.

We invite you to learn more about our programs and the many ways you can engage with us.


  • People can intentionally learn, build and cultivate well-being.
  • A well-lived life is a life full of meaning and purpose; grounded in self-awareness and infused with inquiry and curiosity. 
  • Well-being involves subjectivity and can be measured with rigorous science. 
  • Facilitating the well-being in others and providing opportunities for learning and growth is a responsibility of everyone involved in the leadership process.

Learn more about the science of well-being in these columns written by our center's senior scholar James E. Maddux, Ph.D and his colleagues:

"What is Well-Being?"

"Are There Different Types of Subjective Well-Being?"

"Theories of Subjective Well-Being"

"Gratitude and Well-Being"

"Joy and Well-Being"

"Employee Well-Being: Factors that Influence Job Satisfaction"

"Social Comparison Processes and Well-Being"

"Subjective Well-Being and Culture"

"Enhancing the Well-Being of International Students"

"Collective Well-Being: Looking Beyond Yourself"

"Wealth and Well-Being"

"Worlds of Well-Being: Why Where We Are Matters"

"Materialism, Debt, and Well-Being"

More to come...