Intellectual Well-Being

Intellectual well-being is to explore ideas and experiences that stimulate learning and knowledge application

Tips on Improving Intellectual Well-Being

Here are some tips on improving intellectual well-being:

  • Pursue meaningful activities
  • Write poetry or a journal
  • Reading, making artwork, playing puzzles & games
  • Exploring different hobbies 
  • Finding opportunities to socialize, pursuing stimulating conversations with others
  • Exercising, and finding excitement in pursuing new knowledge
  • Limit television & computer time at home 

Source: Promoting Intellectual Wellness over the Lifespan by Hanna Rodriguez

Explore Further

According to American Counseling Association, adults who are regularly challenged to use their creativity and problem-solving skills as they engage in meaningful work and other activities may have the benefit of reducing the risk of cognitive decline as they age. Additionally, intellectual wellness may be improved by effective stress-management skills and emotional coping skills. 

There are some articles that discuss the importance of promoting intellectual well-being.

Promoting Intellectual Wellness over the Lifespan

From the American counseling association(ACA), ACA members discuss promoting Intellectual wellness over the lifespan.

Benefits of Intellectual Wellness

This pdf file mentions different ways of defining intellectual wellness, benefits of intellectual wellness and Intellectual wellness Lifestyle Guidelines.

Learn how to keep your mind nimble for lifelong health benefits

This is an article talking about why keeping your mind flexible, informed, and engaged is important and introduce you to ways of keeping stimulated for intellectual wellness based on a nurse's experience.


The Columbia community provides a lot of activities to stimulate your brain by allowing you to experience something exciting.

Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV)

CTV provides opportunities for Columbia Inventors to submit their invention and explore any information on commercialization and entrepreneurial resources. 

Arts at Columbia

Arts at Columbia offers performances, events, galleries, libraries and other resources for you to experience a variety of arts programs.

Community Impact at Columbia University 

Community Impact provides meaningful volunteering and leadership opportunities in the surrounding communities for students at Columbia University and Barnard College.

Physical Education and Recreation at The Dodge Fitness Center

The Physical Education & Recreation Program of Columbia University provides educational, recreational and wellness related programs at The Dodge Fitness center.

Online Yoga Classes

SEAS Masters and PhD students can access series of yoga classes taught by registered yoga instructor, Autumn Rauchwerk

Here are some useful articles to improve your intellectual well-being.

Creating Healthy Habits

This article from the National Institute of Health offers tips on building healthy habits step by step. This helps you fill your free time to enhance your intellectual well-being.

How to be Creative 

This article from The New York Times discusses useful tips and applicable steps to boost your inner creativity. You can use those tips to find your inner artist. 

8 Ways to Increase Your Intellectual Capacity

This articles gives you some insight into improving your intellectual well-being as well as expanding your intellectual capacity.