Gallup, a global research organization that has been measuring attitudes and behaviors through its public opinion polls for 75 years, crystallizes the thrust of its many studies as a simple goal: to understand and measure wellbeing.
After concluding a workplace-engagement survey of 22 million employees worldwide, Gallup has identified five key areas essential to wellbeing. They are: career, financial, social, community, and health.
In an article published in 2013, “Is College Worth It? Yes, But We Need New Metrics*,” Brandon Busteed, executive director of Gallup Education, expands the definition of wellbeing to highlight the influence of higher education. “People often view wellbeing as [just] happiness or health, but it is much more than that, and it is closely tied to education,” he writes.
“Success as defined by wellbeing is less about a student getting a higher paying job and more about figuring out what he or she likes to do and what he or she does best,” writes Busteed. “Leaders in higher education should set their sights on helping their students and graduates achieve not only well-paying jobs, but also wellbeing.”
So how does a university help to create wellbeing in its students? Is there an educational philosophy or technique that can best do that?
Creating wellbeing is an overarching goal of Maharishi University’s Consciousness-Based education℠ (CBE), which takes an “inside-out approach” in helping young people find themselves and their path into the working world. CBE takes students deeply and experientially into their own Self or inner nature, which deepens their thinking and helps them more fully integrate the content of their studies, knowledge, and internship experience.
Consciousness-Based education, pioneered at MUM, cultivates integrated brain functioning, systematically develops creativity and intelligence, and connects a rigorous approach to academics with each student’s personal “growth of consciousness”— which in turn creates greater wellbeing.
Learn more about Consciousness-Based Education.
* Article published in Trusteeship (July/August 2013), a publication of The Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (AGB),
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