Well-being: The Five Essential Elements, Hardback Book

Well-being: The Five Essential Elements Hardback

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In Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, bestselling authors team up to share the results of a landmark study of wellbeing and its implications for organizations and individuals.

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.

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.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press
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  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9781595620408



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A straight forward, evidenced based approach, to look at one's life holistically and balance those areas which have the most direct impact on sense of well-being. Also provides an introductory (6 months) subscription to the wellbeing site which provides online measurement and monitoring of individual wellbeing (however, you will need to buy the book new as there's a code required).

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Many definitions of wisdom focus on judgment and actions that increase wellbeing. With wellbeing central to the concept of wisdom, it becomes important to know what it is and how it can be improved. Authors Tom Rath and Jim Harter marshaled the considerable resources of the Gallup organization to identify the elements of wellbeing. They began by defining wellbeing as all the things that are important to how we think about and experience our lives. They then used carefully constructed survey methods to gather data from more than 350,000 adults in 150 countries, representing 98% of the world’s adult population. Their findings are grouped into these five distinct statistical factors that describe important aspects of our lives that we can do something about:•Career or occupational Wellbeing: how people occupy their time during the day and whether it is fulfilling. Do you like what you do each day?•Social Wellbeing: the quality of relationships in people’s lives•Financial Wellbeing: the degree of financial security people have•Physical Wellbeing: the extent to which people can do what they want to free of pain•Community Wellbeing: the extent to which people feel safe and are involved in giving to their community For each of these five areas, they describe the detailed research findings followed by three actionable recommendations for improving your wellbeing in that area.Their research highlights the importance of balance; while a majority of people are doing well in at least one of these five areas, only 7% are thriving in all five. They also stress the importance of finding short-term incentives that are consistent with our long-term objectives. These results are remarkable because they are so unremarkable. Your grandmother may have given you similar advice, and that is good news! Absent from the list are the extremist ideologies used to justify so many wars. Trendy fashions, religious fundamentalism, and Joe Camel did not make the list. The main text is quite short; however the book includes several informative and data-rich appendices. The book purchase includes an access code to unlock an on-line program including the wellbeing finder and daily tracker intended to measure and help manage your wellbeing. These tools can help identify conditions that limit or contribute to your own wellbeing, and suggest changes that can increase your wellbeing.This book takes one more step towards establishing a broadly accepted standard for assessing and achieving wellbeing. It takes a scientific approach to discovering what humans value most and helps bring us toward a consensus on this essential issue.