Well-being: Research and Practice

About Well-Being: Science and Practice

UW-Superior Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in collaboration the Office of the Provost Student Health and Counseling Services, the Department of Education and the Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity Department is please to our first Community of Practice (CoP) on the Science of Happiness. Well-being: Science and Practice provides opportunities to engage with other members of the campus community, share concepts and ideas, develop relationships that support us and change our campus over time. Sessions are offered on the 4th Wednesday of the month from noon - 12:50 p.m. in the CETL Conference Room - Swenson 2074.

Facilitators for this group are Randy Barker MSE, LPC , Maureen Rappley-Larson, Dr. Mary Lee-Nichols. After each session, CETL with provide follow-up from the session including activities discussed and homework determined. Additionally, resources for professional and personal use will be included. If you have not attended sessions but are interested in participating in the Well-Being activities, please feel free to come to the next Community of Practice meeting. We are looking forward to further sessions and the work we can do together. Much of the content within these web pages is complied from the work done by the Greater Good Science Center, University of California - Berkeley and their Greater Good in Action science-based practices for a meaningful life.

We invite you to visit their website to learn more. An up-to-date schedule can be found on our events calendar.

Guiding Principles for the Science and Practice of Well-Being

The Guiding Principles the Science and Practice of Well-Being comes from the core themes listed below comes from the work by the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

  • Gratitude - the quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.
  • Altruism - the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.
  • Compassion - the response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help.
  • Empathy - the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
  • Forgiveness - the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense.
  • Happiness - a mental or emotional state of well-being defined by positive or pleasant emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy.
  • Mindfulness - involves being aware moment-to-moment, of one’s subjective conscious experience from a first-person perspective.

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Professional Well-Being

Well-Being: Science and Practice offers a science-based approach to building happiness and a meaningful life. The researched-backed tools provide a means for individuals to transform both their professional as well as their personal well-being.

On the Professional Well-Being page we have complied work and career focused tool sets, stories and other resources to support the practice and skills that will help you foster professional well-being.

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Personal Well-Being

As adults we take on many roles in our personal lives; parent, friend, sibling, partners, couples and even as adult children. How we perceive ourselves within each of our many adult roles the relationships in our personal lives impacts on our happiness and well-being.

Cultivating personal well-being, the habits of happiness and practices for a meaningful life can be supported through research based tools with a focus on self, family and couples. Applying the core themes of the Guiding Principles for the Science and Practice of Well-Being to your personal life as a practice, can be transformative. The Personal Well-Being section of this site explores the tools and resources centered on mind, body and relationships.

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Well-Being Activities and Events

Please visit the CETL Calendar of Events for Well-Being Comminity of Practice events.