Friendships are among the most fundamental of human needs.
We engineered activity out of our lives in the name of convenience. We created foods that put fried, fatty, sweet, and salty ahead of fresh, natural, and healthy. We quickly sacrifice sleep to work longer hours in pursuit of the American Dream. Even when we do these things with good intentions, they have life-threatening consequences.
I’ve seen so many people – loved ones and colleagues – who jump from one diet to the next, one exercise regimen to the next . I was trying to figure out what were some of the basic things that each of us can build into a lifestyle for good, instead of bouncing from one...
Although individuals need not be well-rounded, teams should be.
Most people perceive their occupation as being a detriment to their overall wellbeing.
Making better choices takes work. There is a daily give and take, but it is worth the effort.
If a school makes an effort to provide kids the right foods and help them to be more active, this benefits the student and the family’s health. If you embark on a program to improve your health with a church or community group, you are more likely to stick with it over time.
I’ve seen the same thing emerge in the research around the interaction of sleeping and moving and eating: if you get a good night’s sleep, you are significantly more likely to make the right choices about what you eat the next morning, you’re more likely to work out, you’re more likely to get a better...
If my colleagues stop eating donuts and are more active, it saves me money on next year’s insurance premium, and I get to work with people who have more energy and creativity each day. Yet most organizations fail to make health a cultural priority. Instead, they treat healthcare like any other expense.
I act as if my life depends on each decision. Because it does.
What works for one person’s needs is almost always very different from the next.
There is certainly some predisposition to wellbeing, based on the research I’ve looked at. There are people who have a lot more natural discipline. But for most of us, it takes a lot more in terms of social expectations, where, say, we tell people we’re going to run a 5K.
Figure out what you really love doing and use your strengths on a daily basis.
When I was in kindergarten, I entered a competition and read 52 books in a week.
Don’t worry about breaks every 20 minutes ruining your focus on a task. Contrary to what I might have guessed, taking regular breaks from mental tasks actually improves your creativity and productivity. Skipping breaks, on the other hand, leads to stress and fatigue.
When your boss and colleagues care enough to invest in your health, it is good for you and the business.
There’s a conventional wisdom that says that strategic thinking is much more important than relationship building, which doesn’t seem to be nearly as highly valued as it should be, based on what some of the leaders that I’ve spoken with have said to me.
the key to human development is building on who you already are