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Well being: The Five Essential Elements Hardcover – May 4 2010

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallup Press; First Edition edition (May 4 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595620400
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595620408
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #135,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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. Written in a conversational style by #1 "New York Times" bestselling author Tom Rath and bestselling author Jim Harter, Ph.D., this book is filled with fascinating research and innovative ideas for boosting your wellbeing in each of these five areas. 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. This will enable you to enjoy each day and get more out of your life while boosting the wellbeing of your friends, family members, colleagues, and others in your community.

About the Author

Tom Rath is one of the most influential authors of the last decade. He studies the role of human behavior in health, business and economics. Rath writes and speaks on a range of topics, from well-being to organizational leadership. He has written several international bestsellers, including the #1 New York Times bestseller How Full Is Your Bucket? In 2007, The Economist listed his book StrengthsFinder 2.0 as the top-selling business book worldwide. In total, Rath’s books have sold more than 5 million copies, been translated in 16 languages and made over 250 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list. Rath is a senior scientist and advisor to Gallup, where he previously spent 13 years leading the organization’s work on employee engagement, strengths and well-being. He has also served as vice chairman of the VHL cancer research organization.

Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist for Gallup’s international workplace management and well-being practices. He coauthored the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, which is based on the largest worldwide study of employee engagement. Since joining Gallup in 1985, Harter has authored or coauthored more than 1,000 research studies, some of which have been reported on in bestselling management books, academic articles, book chapters and publications such as USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. He is coauthor of “Manage Your Human Sigma,” published in the Harvard Business Review. Harter earned his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Jim and his wife, RaLinda, and their sons, Joey and Sam, live in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Format: Hardcover
This is Tom Rath's latest book, co-authored with Jim Harter whose previous book, 12: The Elements of Great Managing, Harter co-authored with Rodd Wagner. Rath explains that in addition to their own research for this book, he and Harter consulted an abundance of research conducted by the Gallup Organization with which they are associated. Moreover, "Gallup assembled an assessment composed of the best questions asked over the last 50 years. To create this assessment, the Well-Being Finder, we tested hundreds of questions across countries, languages, and vastly different life situations."

For me, some of the most important revelations include those that help to explain how people (in a 150 countries, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe) experience their days and evaluate their lives overall. More specifically, as Rath and Harter explain, five distinct statistical factors emerged. "These core dimensions are universal elements of well-being, or how we think about and experience our lives - the interconnected elements that differentiate a thriving life from one spent suffering." Although 66% of those surveyed are doing well in one of the five areas, only 7% are thriving in all five. "These five factors are the currency of a life that is worthwhile. They describe demands of life that we can all [begin italics] do something about [end italics] and that are important to people in every life situation we studied.
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Really think this a great book. Motivates you to take better care of yourself in all aspects of your life. Plus I zipped through it... about half the book has the science that backs the findings, which is interesting, but skim-able (for me at least). The heart and what I love is reading about the 5 strengths and then taking the quiz to see where you can improve in your own areas of wellbeing. I just finished and am buying 2 more copies for my family and boyfriend.
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This is a complete rip-off in kindle version. There is no code. Do not waste your money. Buy the hard cover version
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very enlightening and inspiring book to help you balance the different aspects of your life. easy and quick read. the survey is very insightful. a great gift for friends and family.
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