Emotional Wellness

Emotional well being is a state of mind that allows us to feel good about ourselves, others, and our life circumstances, plans and goals. This involves a number of factors such as physical well being, personal adjustment, and psychological balance. Personal adjustment depends on our life satisfaction with factors like our family, work, spiritual choices, values, partner, health and future outlook. When our feelings, behaviors and thoughts are congruent and in sync we are at a state of psychological balance.

Sometimes we can get out of balance, or life circumstances change in a way that deeply affects us, or our brain chemistry malfunctions. When this happens our social support network can often help us adjust. Professional counselors can also be of great help in these situations, since they are trained to help people get back in balance and adjusted to life’s ever changing challenges.

If you find that you might need some extra help with your emotional wellness, visit the Allegheny College Counseling Center web pages, which can suggest on and off campus assistance options.

If you are interested in learning more about emotional wellness, below are some reading and website options:


  • Seligman, Martin E.P. (1998). Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. Pocket Books: New York, NY.
  • Seaward, Brian L. (2003). Health and Wellness Journal Workbook. 2nd Ed. Jones and Bartlett Publishers: Sudbury, MA.
  • Seligman, Martin E.P. (2004). Authentic Happiness: Using the New Positive Psychology to Realize Your Potential for Lasting Fulfillment. Simon & Schuster: New York, NY.
  • Goleman, Daniel (1995). Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ. Bantam Books: New York, NY.
  • Burns, David D. (1999). The Feeling Good Handbook. Plume: New York, NY.
  • Johnson, Steven (2004). Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life. Scribner: New York, NY.

The following is a selection of related talks, workshops or other events held by professional staff associated with Allegheny College and available for your group at your request.

Dale Humes, Counselor, Counseling Center

  • Stress Management Techniques (Guided Imagery; Progressive Muscle Relaxation)
  • Wellness Survey and finding balance

Jacquie Kondrot, Associate Dean of Students for Wellness Education, 332-4356, Reis Hall, Room 101

  • What is Stress? Relaxation and Stress Management Techniques
  • Introduction to Meditation
  • Introduction to Yoga/yoga basics for beginners
  • What is Wellness? Developing a well life style