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 collective work at Mason 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.


  • 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.

In 2013, Mason’s Board of Visitors approved a new 10-year strategic plan with 12 goals. Well-being earned one of these coveted spots. Goal #7 reads: “Become a model well-being university that allows all of its members to thrive.” Inclusion of well-being in this strategic plan indicates widespread institutional support for this effort. It also indicates the multi-disciplinary nature of this work, as all disciplines and fields will contribute to a deeper understanding of the science and application of well-being.