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To thrive is to continually pursue the best version of yourself.

Your well-being is impacted in many ways, and giving attention to each area is essential to ensuring your basic needs are met. In addition, continual focus on improving your well-being can lead to numerous positive benefits. For example, individuals who maintain higher levels of well-being are more likely to:

  • Have a more positive outlook on life and overall better mental health
  • Have greater confidence and higher levels of self-esteem
  • Embrace new (and more) opportunities with interest and enthusiasm
  • Have more ambition and approach challenges with optimism and fortitude
  • Be more resilient in the face of adversity
  • Be actively engaged and connected to their jobs, communities, and other social activities
  • Have stronger relationships with friends, partners, and family
  • Have greater productivity and success in the workplace
  • Make better financial decisions and have greater financial security
  • Be more physically active and have more energy
  • Have better and more consistent sleep
  • Have higher chances of longevity (i.e. longer lifespan)

The act of enhancing your well-being allows you to see new potential, set and pursue goals, and lead a life of sustained joy and fulfillment. This lifestyle approach does not have a final destination, nor is it episodic (happens intermittently). It is a journey, a continuous pursuit to grow, prosper, and be the best version of yourself.

By learning about the various areas that impact well-being, you have the power to positively influence many aspects of your life, and by doing so, can set yourself on a path to thrive and flourish through the college years and beyond.

Sources:  (Adams et al., 1997; Badger et al., 2019; Baldwin et al., 2017; Coffey et al., 2016; Gibbs & Larcus, 2015; Hermon & Hazler, 1999; Horton & Snyder, 2009; Huppert et al., 2005; Keyes, 2007; Keyes & Simoes, 2012; Rath & Harter, 2010/2014; Ryan & Deci, 2000; Seligman, 2011; Von Ah et al., 2004)