The Five Essential ElementsBook - 2010
Over the past decade, Gallup has introduced the concepts of strengths-based development and employee engagement to more than 20 million people around the world -- largely through the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing , which was coauthored by engagement expert Jim Harter. In Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements , these bestselling authors team up to share the results of a landmark study of wellbeing and its implications for organizations and individuals.
Their groundbreaking research reveals how organizations can help employees boost their overall wellbeing -- from their satisfaction with their careers to their financial security and level of community involvement. After conducting this extensive study, Rath and Harter discovered that much of what we think will improve our wellbeing is either misguided or just plain wrong. When striving to improve our lives, we're quick to buy into programs that promise to help us make money, lose weight or strengthen our relationships. While it might be easier to treat these critical areas in our lives as if they are independent, they're not. Gallup's comprehensive study of people in more than 150 countries revealed five universal, interconnected elements that shape our lives: Career Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing and Community Wellbeing.
Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements provides you with a holistic view of what contributes to your wellbeing over a lifetime. Written in a conversational style, this book is filled with fascinating research and innovative ideas for boosting your wellbeing in each of these five areas. As a complement to the book, you'll have the opportunity to use Gallup's online Wellbeing Finder to track and improve your wellbeing. By the time you finish reading this book, you'll have a better understanding of what makes life worthwhile. This will enable you to enjoy each day and get more out of your life -- while boosting the wellbeing of your friends, family members, colleagues and others in your community.
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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 you enjoy being around at work.
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.
1.Spend six hours a day socializing with friends, family, and colleagues (this time includes work, home, phone, e-mail, and other communication).
2.Strengthen the mutual connections in your network.
3.Mix social time with physical activity. For example, take a long walk with a friend so that you can motivate each other to be healthy.
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 seven to eight hours) but not too long (more than nine hours).
3.Set positive defaults when you shop for groceries. Load up on natural foods that are red, green, and blue.
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 interests to connect with the right groups and causes. 3.Opt in to a community group or event. Even if you start small, start now.
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