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7 Domains of

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White Gradient

A Stanford study of more than 30,000 people over many years asked the question:"what does it really mean to be WELL?"

Here, we look at the incredible answers they've found so far - and how we draw on this research as a foundational framework to power ELANZA.


The 7 Domains used in ELANZA coaching


Sense of Self

Uncovering values, strengths and purpose ('who really am I?') is a central part of starting to build towards future goals intentionally.

Positive Emotions

Emotional intelligence means understanding how we are really feeling and having strategies for de-stressing when needed.


 What is resilience and can we be build more of it? Over time, we can enhance our abilities to recover quickly from difficulties.

Handling Negative Emotions & Experiences

In life, it is not so much what we endure as how we feel about the events. Being able to identify and moderate the emotions we experience is one of the greatest skills we can possess to build and maintain happy, productive lives for the long term.

Physical Health

Mental, emotional and physical health are intricately entwined and have the power to positively or negatively influence each other. The environment in which emotional health blooms or withers is often shaped by external environmental factors, as well our ability to respond to them. What are you surrounding yourself with?


Why do each of us get out of bed every morning? The exact combination of meaning, purpose and motivation are unique to each individual and our values - it's important to know what this means to us personally to fully know ourselves and live our lives to their maximum potential.

Social Connectedness

As humans, we are intrinsically social creatures and feeling a sense of secure community or isolation can have enormous impact on our wellbeing. How can we strengthen the relationships already in our lives and seek out future ones that will most fulfill our needs and help us to flourish?

Understanding wellbeing

Wellbeing is a complex concept that differs among and between individuals and groups, as well as being impacted by relationships, career, environmental and even geopolitical factors. 

Still, there are themes and correlations that we can identify and use to better understand and build on the wellbeing of ourselves, our friends, families and communities.

It's this broader pattern that researchers from the WELL Laboratory at Stanford University decided to try to map. This ambitious, multi-generational, longitudinal study over several countries is still ongoing in 2022 (and the plan is to run it until 2099!)

Data has already started to emerge that gives us key insights into what leads to wellbeing.


Top 3 points to take away from the research

1. Social connectedness was the largest driver of wellness

Things like eating healthily, getting good quality sleep and exercising regularly were also big contributors to overall sense of wellbeing of research participants.

2. Lifestyle behaviors also feature highly 

Things like eating healthily, getting good quality sleep and exercising regularly were big contributors to overall sense of wellbeing of research participants.

3. Stress doesn't always dictate wellbeing, as long as we are resilient 

The Stanford researchers pointed out that although stress was a detractor of wellbeing, major stressors like divorce or moving country could sometimes be an opportunity for a sense of heightened well-being, where the individual felt they had coped well or overcome difficulties.

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Life is not merely being alive,

but being well.

Work in between sessions

ELANZA Coaches work on the 7 domains as part of the natural conversational structure and fabric of our coaching sessions.

The member materials we send in between coaching sessions provide extra opportunities to learn and grow through a process of self-discovery that can beautifully enhance the effectiveness of coaching.

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