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. We support the six dimensions of well-being described in Mason's updated strategic plan:

* Purpose/career: Finding meaning in what you do at Mason each day and motivations to achieve your goals; setting goals and working toward successful completion

* Social: Having supportive relationships and high-quality social connections

* Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security

* Community: Feeling safe on campus and having pride in your communities

* Physical: Having good physical health and enough energy to get things done daily

* Psychological: Having vitality/good psychological health and the resiliency to deal with adversity

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. Our center's goal is to enhance individual and organizational 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.

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