When you think about well-being, do you think of a healthy body, a wealthy lifestyle, or a happy family or office? Thriving in just one or two of these areas simply isn’t enough to cultivate a life that truly matters.
Gallup researchers Tom Rath and Jim Harter conducted a study of 150 countries around the world in an effort to better understand the common elements of well-being that connect us all. The five important areas they identified can help focus your pursuit of health and wellness in the workplace, as well as at home.
The five essential elements of well-being are career, social, financial, physical, and community well-being. However, only 66% of people are thriving in just one of these areas, and only 7% are doing well in all five. Here are a few tips on what each area is and how you can cultivate success!
Loving what you do each day is the most important piece of the puzzle when it comes to health and wellness in the workplace and beyond. Career well-being is all about looking forward to a day that allows you to use your strengths and enjoy your personal interests.
Experiencing career well-being can happen when you have work-life balance, a positive work environment with like-minded co-workers, and a job that highlights your strengths. Career elements like these can help decrease workplace stress and increase day-to-day happiness, both of which can lead to a healthier you!
Taking time to reflect on how your workplace influences your overall well-being is an important part of leading a happy, healthy life. Don’t be afraid to consider these environmental factors important when you think about your career!
Enhancing your current career well-being can involve using your skills at work, spending time with someone who understands and encourages your goals, or enjoying social time with colleagues you like.
Humans are social creatures; we have always been meant to share experiences with others. So, it’s no surprise that your friends and family have a big impact on your well-being. Social well-being is all about forming strong social connections that bring love and care into your life.
Whether you are communicating face-to-face or with the help of technology, all kinds of socializing can boost your social well-being. Not only will you feel happier, but you can combine your time socializing with exercise to feel healthier, too!
Feel like something in this area is missing? To boost your social well-being, you might grab coffee with friends, send a quick email or text message to someone you’d like to become closer with, and pick an exercise you can do with others, like going for a walk!
Financial well-being doesn’t necessarily mean growing your wealth. This area focuses on wise and careful spending. By being intentional in your purchases and saving money, you can have greater financial stability, which enhances your freedom to do what you love.
When you are financially stable, you’re also less likely to stress about money or your career—which means you’re less likely to suffer the physical and mental health consequences of excessive stress.
Ways to improve your financial well-being include setting up automated payments to pay on time and decrease stress, spending money on others, or purchasing experiences with loved ones rather than buying material things.
You may feel like short-term decisions about unhealthy foods or skipping exercise don’t matter in the grand scheme of things. However, the “I’ll start tomorrow” mentality can be detrimental to your health and overall well-being.
On the other hand, making conscious decisions today to take the stairs to your floor or skip that morning meeting donut can make you more likely to stick to a long-term healthy eating and exercise routine.
Physical well-being is all about managing your health through positive habits that make your body feel good. You can improve your physical health by getting 20 minutes of activity each morning, sleeping seven to eight hours per day, or joining an employee wellness program designed to improve your health and wellness in the workplace and at home.
Feeling a strong bond with your community can take your well-being to the next level. Community well-being requires being involved and giving back, which makes you feel safe, purposeful, and active.
Enhancing community well-being can include finding ways to contribute to the community by using your skills or interests, attending community events, and talking about your hobbies and passions so you can meet others who feel the same.
Improving your health and wellness doesn’t have to be complicated. By taking small steps to improve the five essential elements of well-being, you can be on your way to a valuable and meaningful life.
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