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Emotional Wellness is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness or stress; hope, love, joy and happiness in a productive manner contributes to our emotional wellness.

  • Keeping a positive attitude
  • Being sensitive to your feelings and the feelings of others
  • Learning to cope with stress
  • Being realistic about your expectations and time
  • Taking responsibility for your own behavior
  • Dealing with your personal issues realistically
  • Viewing challenges as opportunities rather than obstacles
  • Functioning independently but knowing when you need to ask for help
  • Have the capacity to nurture themselves and others, and accept nurturing from others
  • Have a developed sense of self, an understanding of who they are


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Campus Resources

The Vanderbilt Psychological and Counseling Center has a qualified team ready to help students manage stress, study habits, psychiatric disorders and more.

Project Safe

Active Minds



Local Organizations

Healthy Nashville

Mental Health Association of Middle Tennessee

Health, Happiness, and Energy Program (Brentwood)


Activities & Exercises to improve & interact with emotional wellness

Have Fun with Friends

Take a break and do something fun and stress free with friends.  Go see a play, watching a sporting event, catch the latest movie, or even just take a walk. Sarratt Box Office sells discounted tickets for students to campus and local events.

Practice a Form of Meditation

Try a new meditation technique to help relieve some stress and help you relax. Once you master how to do them at home, you can use these techniques to help you relax anywhere at any time.

Guided Meditation

Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Keep a Planner

Write down all of your assignments, events, and commitments to help you organize and manage your time.  You can either use a planner book, google calendar, your phone calendar app, or any scheduler that you will use often.

Write a Gratitude Journal

Every morning and/or every evening write down five things you are grateful for.  This forces ourselves to pay attention to the good things in life we’d otherwise take for granted, and adds perspective to the not-so-good things in life. *Also, here is an article about the importance of keeping a notebook in order to get to know yourself better. (Article)

Interesting Articles

  • Man, Weeping: History is full of sorrowful knights, sobbing monks and weeping lovers – what happened to the noble art of the manly cry? (Article)
  • Why It’s Normal Not to Be Happy All the Time (Article)
  • Does happiness have a scent? (Article)
  • 81 Awesome Mental Health Resources When You Can’t Afford a Therapist: Keep this list of resources handy whenever you need some backup. (Article)
  • How I Stopped Fearing Failure and Started Really Living (Article)
  • Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other“: The psychological quirks that make it tricky to get an accurate read on someone’s emotions (Article)
  • Ignore Your Feelings (Article)
  • I am not a story (Article)

TED talks

  • Sam Richards: A Radical Experiment in Empathy. This is, as the title suggests, a radical and often misunderstood TED Talk about the importance of putting ourselves in others’ shoes. Not only is empathy a quality of being a good person, it is also key to being a great leader. It helps us understand how to better communicate with and understand our superiors, peers, and employees. Do not underestimate this key characteristic.
  • Dan Gilbert: The Surpring Science of Happiness. In this TED talk, Dan Gilbert discusses the sources of happiness, and why it is so. He provides proof through a variety of studies done, that the brain is the main source of happiness rather than outside influences. What you would expect to make you happy might not in the end! Watch this TED talk to find out what could help in your pursuit of happiness.
  • Dr. Guy Winch: How to Practice Emotional Hygiene. A psychologist, speaker, and author, Dr. Guy Winch discusses the importance of maintaining emotional health in a world where we focus too much on physical health. In this TED talk, Dr. Winch tries to bridge the gaps between the two by comparing physical wounds to psychological ones, and shows you how to heal them.


The Wellness Center Team invites suggestions and community contributors to our Wellness Wheel pages-We are always looking to keep things fresh! If you have an article you’d like to see posted or would like to add your organization as a resource, please contact Jennifer Ray at jennifer.e.ray@vanderbilt.edu.