Center for Student Wellbeing
For the Mind, Heart, and Spirit
Our philosophy of wellbeing acknowledges seven dimensions of wellness: spiritual; emotional; intellectual; occupational; physical; social; and environmental, which correspond to the dimensions of the human person. Wellbeing as a praxis involves developing each of these dimensions in an integrated fashion.
As a Philosophy of Life
Wellbeing as Wholeness is ultimately who you are - it is what it means for you to be human. Wellbeing-based practices and techniques, such as meditation, prayer, or spiritual reading for the Spirit, aerobic exercise and proper nutrition for the Body, and intellectual study for the Mind, when taken together and practiced as part of a comprehensive training program are fundamentally about cultivating a way of being predicated upon wholeness.
- A philosophy of wellbeing, as a way of being, brings a sense of aliveness to your life.
- When you honor yourself and others as mind, body and spirit, the world begins to look differently.
- You will gain insight into all forms of life that you didn't necessarily experience before.
- Your love deepens, your care and compassion widens to include the welfare of all beings, and not only those that are similar to you in terms of species, socioeconomic class, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Your care and compassion expands to embrace the cosmos, inclusive of sentient beings, non-sentient beings, and nature as a whole.
- Your own wellbeing is not separate from the wellbeing of others. Wellbeing that is pursued at the expense of others is not wellbeing.
- Wellbeing is the path of lived wisdom where the great ideas of the past and present become part of an overall ethic of love.
- Wellbeing is the power of community, social justice, and the art and science of caring for yourself and others in a world of engagement.
- The path of wellbeing helps you realize that miracles abound in everyday life and that everyday life is itself miraculous.
- When you practice being well and encourage others to do the same, you may find yourself to be happier, healthier, and wiser.
The Committee for the Advancement of Student Wellbeing at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit advocates for a philosophy oflife based on the fundamental dignity of the human person. In this very way, theCommittee demonstrates its catholicity in the sense that its mission and goals are faithful to the Catholic view of what it means to be human in that all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God.
The principle of integration is essential to the Student Wellbeing Committee at Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit. The Student Wellbeing Committee brings together Spiritan Campus Ministry, Health Services, University Counseling, Recreation, Pharmacy, DU Cares, and Nursing all under the umbrella of Wellbeing so as to foster the education of the mind, heart, and spirit.