The Wellbeing Model
Central to then theoretical underpinnings of the Gustavus Wellbeing Model is the belief that “Making One’s Life Count,” the guiding ethos of a Gustavus education, is fully realized by learning how to live in a healthy way. Teaching students how to develop the internal resources, practices, and skills to cultivate a purposeful life – a life that is balanced and aligned with personal values, external commitments, and the world’s deep needs – is fundamental to fulfilling the Gustavus mission.
At the center of the Gustavus Wellbeing Model is Choice. Human beings have the innate capacity to create and choose a vision for their ideal health and wellbeing. Choice is a person’s internal locus of control and decision making that influences one’s daily wellbeing practices.
Our personal choices about wellbeing are impacted and influenced by our Personal Values – the beliefs and guiding principles that we use to make decisions. Having a clear understanding of our personal values and how they impact our behavioral choices regarding our own wellbeing is a crucial component of the Gustavus Wellbeing Model.
Working on individual wellbeing from the inside out – namely, cultivating one’s personal wellbeing so that one can make a difference in one’s relationships and in the communities in which one lives and works – is a distinctive feature of a Gustavus education and is reflected in the model. Including Gustavus Values – Excellence, Community, Justice, Service, and Faith – in the wellbeing model provides an opportunity to leverage these values as meaningful guides to individual and communal exploration and practice of wellbeing.