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Wellbeing

WHAT IS WELLBEING?

Wellbeing—the set of needs and experiences universally required in combination and balance to weather challenges and have health and hope.

All of us — from janitor to judge, senior executive to senior citizen, adult to adolescent — are hardwired for wellbeing. What are these universal needs and experiences?

Human experience and science tell us there are Five Domains of Wellbeing:

The FIVE DOMAINS OF WELLBEING ARE:

Social connectedness to people and communities in ways that allow us to give as well as to receive, and spaces where we experience belonging to something bigger than ourselves.

Stability that comes from having things we can count on to be the same from day to day and knowing that a small bump won’t set off a domino-effect of crises.

Safety , the ability to be ourselves without significant danger or harm.

Mastery , that comes from being able to influence other people and what happens to us, having a sense of purpose, and having the skills to navigate and negotiate our life.

Meaningful access to relevant resources like food, housing, clothing, sleep and more, without shame, danger or great difficulty.

The drive for wellbeing is universal, access isn’t.

The racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression baked into the fabric of our country mean that our society is set up to provide access to wellbeing for some, and undermine it for others.

 

It’s not a hierarchy.

One domain isn’t more important than the others, and they’re interconnected. We don’t fill our needs in any order. In fact, we’re hardwired for balance among these five domains. Building assets in one domain sometimes means giving up something we value in another. Whenever we make a decision or a change, we’re balancing tradeoffs and asking ourselves, “Is it worth it to me?”

Systems and services often force decisions that create havoc in people’s lives and undermine lasting change.

 

People are the solution; systems are the problem.

To create durable change, all our communities — not just some — and all our systems must be structured to align with, tap into and amplify the human drive for wellbeing. Driving structural change will move us toward a country where everyone has a fair shot at wellbeing. And for our structures to change, we need to change the narrative in our country.

Resources

VIDEO: FIVE DOMAINS OF WELLBING OVERVIEW

Learn about our universal drive for wellbeing and how structural oppressions impact who gets to meet their for wellbeing.

“We invite you to explore our additional resources about Wellbeing. Click below for access.”

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FULL FRAME INITIATIVE

The system is rigged, and the solution isn’t just to create more programs for people harmed by these unfair systems. The solution is to reimagine these systems to make our country fairer and more equitable for everyone — which means ensuring that the places where we work, live, play and pray tap into people’s drive for wellbeing, instead of undermining wellbeing for some and enabling it for others.

That’s what we do.

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