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Though we can't avoid struggles in life, it is within our power to stay healthy in body, brain and spirit.

Well-being refers to a state of being healthy, happy, and comfortable, both physically and mentally. It encompasses a sense of contentment and satisfaction with your life and a positive outlook on your personal and professional experiences.

By learning strategies to improve your well-being, we at Steps to Leaps hope to empower you to pursue your sense of happiness and contentment.

To help you along, we've curated a collection of content geared toward helping you develop this crucial pillar of well-being.


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Take self-improvement into your own hands with our self-guided learning modules.

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Read about the many individuals who have incorporated well-being into their holistic sense of wellness.

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Each week, the members of our Research Collaborative share valuable advice on improving your personal well-being and overcoming the challenges of life.


Well-Being Related Research

Read research that explores the importance of Grit / Persistence in our overall well-being.

Learning Modules

Whether you're on your personal journey towards personal growth or you're a campus leader seeking to improve the overall well-being of the Purdue community, we have resources for you.

With our fully scripted, easy-to-follow guides, anyone can apply these teachings in a group or individual setting.  

Access the Learning Modules

Check out our resources firsthand by viewing our sample learning modules. Our remaining resources require a valid Purdue career account username and password to access.

To access current learning modules and lesson plans, please click on the lessons provided below or view the entire Steps to Leaps catalog by visiting Training@Purdue

Add A Course to Brightspace

Add a Steps to Leaps learning module to your Brightspace account by following the directions below:

  1. Select a lesson plan below or visit Training@Purdue to view our entire catalog of programs.
  2. Select your desired lesson and under "Section Details", click "Add to Cart"
  3. Log in to Training@Purdue using a valid Purdue University username and password.
  4. After accepting the Terms of Use, click "Submit" to checkout.
  5. After confirming your checkout, the course material will be accessible to you in Brightspace and will expire in 12 months.

How Do I Improve My Overall Well-Being?

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Emily Cain, from South Bend, Indiana, is a junior majoring in English education with a theatre minor. Emily values well-being, but in the transition from high school to college, she experienced a common issue, becoming stressed and overwhelmed.

She began going to a therapist through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Emily finds that seeing a therapist significantly increases her mental well-being and, “has made me be more open to asking others for help when I am in a time of need.”

Emily promotes her overall well-being by making sure she balances her school work with free time on campus. Emily stated, “I make sure that school work does not take over my life. Yes, academics are important and the main reason I am here, but I have to make sure I am enjoying my free time on campus as well.”

Learn more about Emily here.

Student Spotlights

We celebrate Boilermakers at every degree level who are making strides towards self-betterment and exemplify one or more of the Steps to Leaps learning pillars - Well-Being, Leadership, Impact, Networks and Grit/Persistence.

Read more stories about students actively seeking ways to improve their Well-Being in their everyday lives below.

How Can We Improve Our Well-Being?

Emma Showalter

It's OK to Lose Your Pen

My fourth-grade classroom had a poster titled “if you lose your pen, you’ll die.”

It went as follows:
“If you lose your pen, you can’t take notes. If you can’t take notes, you won’t be able to study. If you can’t study, you will fail in school. If you fail in school, you won’t get a job. If you don’t get a job, you won’t make money. If you don’t make money, you can’t buy food. If you can’t buy food, you’ll die. Don’t lose your pen.”

While the intention was to deter students from losing their belongings, it also serves as an apt representation of a psychological phenomenon known as “catastrophizing.”

Continue reading about Emma here...

Well-Being Tips

Here are some tips showing ways to help cultivate your own Well-Being.

Student Testimonials

Learn more about the first-hand impact of Steps to Leaps, as students and others share their experiences with the initiative and how they have incorporated the Well-Being learning pillar into their daily lives. (Purdue login required for access.)

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What does the research say?

There is considerable research showing us the importance of holistic well-being.