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What is well-being and why does it matter?

Connection, comfort, agency, and safety are fundamental human needs.  Belonging, meaning, and purpose are important for flourishing.  Furthermore, pleasurable experiences add richness to life.  But how can we skillfully navigate our complex, demanding lives, the challenges at Stanford, and the desire to belong?

Stanford may be an academic institution, and you may be a student, but a life well-lived is more than productivity and academic accomplishment.  Developing our well-being is an active, lifelong process of choices and skill-building that lead toward health, fulfillment, and meaning.  Well-being is about flourishing in multiple domains--not the mere absence of disease or infirmity.

The Well-Being at Stanford team helps you cultivate the internal and external resources to live a healthy, vibrant life; manage stress; build resilience; and form meaningful connections with others.  Well-being is also directly tied to liberation.  Our Stanford community is broad and diverse, and many belong to oppressed communities.  Thus, Well-Being at Stanford is committed to the continual work needed to move the campus culture and systems toward liberation for all students.  Our mission is to empower individuals and communities to flourish through education, connection, and positive culture change.

Well-Being Tips curated by the Stanford community 

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Stanford Libraries Well-Being Resources Guide



Dimensions of Well-Being

Well-being involves flexibility and balance within and across many different areas of your life. We’ve highlighted eight that we see as foundational along with resources for each.