Join a Well-Being University (WBU) Reading Group this Spring

Groups Will Take Place on Mason's Arlington, Fairfax, and SciTech Campuses

by Whitney Hopler, Communications Director

Join a Well-Being University (WBU) Reading Group this Spring

This spring, the Well-Being University (WBU) Reading Group is back on Mason's Fairfax campus, and will be offered on the Arlington and SciTech campuses for the first time.

Join Mason facilitators for well-being discussions on The Joy of Movement: How Exercise Helps Us Find Happiness, Hope, Connection, and Courage by Kelly McGonigal. The group will meet from noon to 12:45 p.m. for five consecutive Thursdays: March 19, March 26, April 2, April 9, and April 16.

Register for the reading group at your campus location:

Our center will provide free books for the first 20 registrants on the Fairfax campus, and the first eight registrants on each of the Arlington and SciTech campuses. After that, we can welcome additional registrants who provide their own books. The first four sessions will include a short movement practice in addition to a discussion; the final session will include a campus walk. 

Organizer and Fairfax campus co-facilitator Katie Clare, Associate Director for Resilience Programs, notes: "If the book claims we can `harness the power of movement to create happiness, meaning, and connection,' then how can we do that in the work environment where we spend so much of our time? A book group is a great strategy! And while 90 minutes of exercise each week enhances our ability to learn, be productive, and handle stress, just 30 seconds of movement can make a difference. ... feel good about your decision to participate in this group, as both the science around movement found in the book and the social element of coming together in this group could have beneficial effects on your work. ... the opportunity to step away from your desk and step into an engaged community for conversation will benefit your well-being and even your productivity. You will return to your office refreshed, and you will have had the opportunity to expand your network of supportive peers."

Contact Katie Clare at or 703-993-1177 with questions.