Human Wellbeing

Human health, happiness and wellbeing are a part of our sustainability approach at Cornell. The "7 Dimensions of Wellbeing" at Cornell is our holistic approach to human health, happiness, physical and mental wellbeing, and tools for financial, environmental, cultural, and occupational success.

Campus Initiatives on Wellbeing

In 1976, Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute in the US, developed a model of wellness that included six dimensions of health: physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, occupational, and social. Later, health practitioners
added environmental health to ensure all human wellbeing needs are addressed. 

Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing 

Human Resources Wellbeing Perks

At Cornell, we recognize the importance of fostering an environment in which individuals can prosper in every area of their lives. In 2018 Cornell launched a comprehensive framework for approaching wellbeing and human health. 

The Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing include Mental Health, RelationshipsPhysical WellbeingCultural Support, Environmental Health, Occupational Success, and Financial Health.   We strive to fully satisfy each dimension of human wellbeing through campus-wide collaboration, student and staff/faculty engagement, and education and training. 

People, Planet, Purpose, ProsperityCornell Sustainability Framework

Sustainability Framework

Our Sustainability Framework includes people as one of four "bottom lines" we must consider for sustainable business decision making.  All of the Seven Dimensions of Wellbeing are considered as part of this framework.

The four part framework allows senior staff, project managers, and employees at all levels of the University to consider sustainability in business decision making. The framework allows projects or decisions to be evaluated for their ability to maximize or improve the mental, physical, and emotional needs of people on campus, in our community, and around the world as one of four areas of consideration.



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Creating a radically inclusive campus and community for all needs and all people. Ensuring access and inclusion for those with unique identities and abilities.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Promoting genuine belonging across our community's demographic diversity, and advancing our capacity to connect and create just systems in a diverse world.

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Health & Wellbeing

Inspiring and supporting the wellbeing of our bodies, minds, and hearts for both individuals and our community, while recognizing the role of food, land, water, and other natural environments in supporting human health and community.

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Work Life Balance

Creating University policies and tools for flexible work arrangement, stress management, and recognition of life needs to support the wellbeing of our employees and achieve our workplace goals.

Cornell is a caring community because of the efforts we all make - faculty, staff, and students - to seek help for ourselves and to offer support to others.