Sunday, October 3, 2010


I recently read Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath and Jim Harter and here is what I learned:

Career Wellbeing
1.Every day, use your strengths.
2.Identify someone with a shared mission who encourages your growth. Spend more time with this person.
3.Opt into more social time with the people and teams you enjoy being around at work.

Social Wellbeing
1.Spend six hours a day socializing with friends, family, and colleagues (includes work, home, phone, email, and other communication)
2.Strengthen the mutual connections in your network
3.Mix social time with physical activity. Take a long walk with your friend so you can motivate each other to be healthy.

Financial Wellbeing
1.Buy experiences such as vacations and outings with friends or loved ones.
2.Spend on others instead of solely on material possessions.
3.Establish default systems (automated payments and savings) that lessen daily worry about money.

Physical Wellbeing
1.Get at least 20 minutes of physical activity each day- ideally in the morning to improve your mood throughout the day.
2.Sleep enough to feel well rested- generally 7 to 8hrs- but not more than 9.
3.Set positive defaults when you shop for groceries. Load up on natural foods that are red, green, and blue.

Community Wellbeing
1.Identify how you can contribute to your community based on your personal mission.
2.Tell people about your passions and interests so they can connect you with relevant groups and causes.
3.Opt in to a community group or event. Even if you start small, start now.

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