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Why Wellbeing?

Midland. An Inclusive Community.

Together. Forward. Bold. An Exceptional Place Where Everyone Thrives.

Why Wellbeing?

What do you want most for your loved ones? This question, asked of hundreds of residents of Midland County, Michigan since 2020, typically elicits answers such as happiness, health, meaning, security, resilience, and relationships. Without knowing an official definition, we seem to intuitively know what wellbeing is. The Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition  defines wellbeing in a way that pulls in people’s intuitive sense along with the reality that life is full of challenges. We define wellbeing as feeling good, struggling well, and functioning effectively

We believe thriving can be supported through individuals, relationships, groups, organizations and the community. We also use the PERMAH framework, which is an acronym from both Seligman’s model of PERMA with the addition of H to indicate the importance of health. PERMAH represents Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, and Health as a framework for wellbeing.

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The PERMAH wellbeing framework is used by Midland, Michigan.

How Wellbeing Benefits Everyone

When we share a common language, we create connectivity to our work and wellbeing at all levels: individual, organizational, and community. The collective sum of our work is far more impactful than our individual work. Our plan is to connect all wellbeing initiatives and programs with a shared “hub” model. As all initiatives, workplaces, and groups align to a “hub”, we work to sustain wellbeing across all sectors of the community.
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Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition

The Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition is supported by the Community Success Panel. The coordinator is Kathy Snyder and the leadership team consists of Maureen Donker (Midland Mayor & Councilman Ward 2), Bridgette Gransden (Administrator/Controller for the County of Midland) , Holly Miller (Executive Director of United Way of Midland County), Sharon Mortensen (Executive Director of Midland Area Community Foundation), and Beverlee Wenzel (Executive Director of The ROCK Center for Youth Development).

Email: [email protected] if you are interested in joining the coalition.

We are stronger together!

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What is Wellbeing?

“Wellbeing is your ability to feel good and function effectively!”

Professor Felicia Huppert


Martin Seligman and others found that the PERMAH framework is an easy way for people to understand, measure, and take action around the well-established, evidence-based elements of wellbeing.

MIDLAND: An inclusive community. Together. Forward. Bold. An exceptional place where everyone thrives.



Caring For Our People


Building Our Livelihood


Developing Our Talent


Enriching Our Community

Penny Miller Nelson, Maureen Donker, Kathy Snyder, and Gail Hoffman speak about the City of Peace designation in Midland, MI.

Latest Wellbeing Life Hacks

Wellbeing Life Hacks are simple evidence-based ways to build wellbeing and are accessible to everyone! Built around a wellbeing model of PERMAH, each Wellbeing Life Hack will build a different component of wellbeing: Positive Emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, and Health.

Wellbeing Together

Learn how improving your personal wellbeing has a ripple effect to our families, friends, workplaces, and communities.
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