- Career: liking what you do every day (Tip: Every day, use your strengths.)
- Social: having strong relationships (Tip: Spend six hours a day socializing—face-to-face, phone, e-mail.)
- Financial: a well managed economic life (Tip: Spend on others instead of solely on material possessions.)
- Physical: having good health and the energy to get things done on a daily basis (Tip: Get at least 20 minutes of activity each day and 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.)
- Community: a sense of engagement with the area where you live (Tip: Identify how you can contribute in your community based on your own values.)
Ways to measure and improve in each of these areas is provided in Wellbeing by Tom Rath and Jim Harter. (The Wellbeing Finder can be taken online by using the code provided in the book.)
Our wellbeing will not improve if we don’t make a conscious decision to do so. Small changes can have a huge impact. To get started they recommend setting positive defaults.
One of the best ways to create more good days is by setting positive defaults. Any time you help your-short-term self work with your long-term self, you have an opportunity.
You can intentionally choose to spend more time with the people you enjoy most and engage your strengths as much as possible.
You can structure your finances to minimize the worry caused by debt.
You can make exercise a standard part of your routine. You can make healthier decisions in the supermarket so you don’t have to trust yourself when you have a craving a few days later.
And you can make commitments to community, religious, or volunteer groups, knowing that you will follow through once you’ve signed up in advance.
Through these daily choices, you create stronger friendships, families, workplaces, and communities.