Because at ITK we absolutely love wellness, we wanted to open our blog with fantastic wellness tips and ideas that you can use in your daily life. It feels so good to live in harmony with your deepest source of inner and outer wellbeing!
What differentiates a life filled with struggle from one that is happy and thriving?
Gallup scientists love doing polls! Recently, in partnership with leading economists, psychologists and other scientists, they explored the common elements of wellbeing that transcend countries and cultures. What we love about this data is that it came from research conducted in more than 150 countries!
5 Key Elements of Wellbeing
These elements are the currency of a life that matters. They do not include every nuance of what's important in life, but they do represent five broad categories that are essential to most people.
The first element is about how you occupy your time or simply liking what you do every day: your Career Wellbeing.
The second element is about having strong relationships and love in your life: your Social Wellbeing.
The third element is about effectively managing your economic life: your Financial Wellbeing.
The fourth element is about having good health and enough energy to get things done on a daily basis: your Physical Wellbeing.
The fifth element is about the sense of engagement you have with the area where you live: your Community Wellbeing.
While 66% of people are doing well in at least one of these areas, just 7% are thriving in all five. If we're struggling in any one of these domains, as most of us are, it takes a toll on our wellbeing and creates strain in our daily life.
However, there is a simple solution to this problem! If we can find short-term incentives that are consistent with our long-term objectives, it is much easier to make positive changes in the moment.
For example, we are more likely to skip an impulsive trip to fast food when we consider the short-term reality that chowing down now will lead to a "high-fat hangover" that ruins the rest of the day. Or we might choose to exercise now because we know that just 20 minutes of activity can boost our mood for the next 12 hours.
WHEN WE CAN SEE AN IMMEDIATE PAYOFF, WE ARE MORE LIKELY TO CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOR IN THE MOMENT
So, today is the day to inspire yourself to make long term changes by focusing on short term gains. You can do it! Your ITK community is right here with you, cheering you along every step of the way!
To learn more about this topic, be sure to check out the book Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath and Jim Harter, Ph.D.