8 Ways to Well-being that Work.

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8 Ways to Well-being that work.

We all hear the word Well-being often now in our day to day lifestyle and all types of information to help us support our well-being, but what does well-being actually mean.

According to the Oxford dictionary it means:

While I think this is a pretty basic, but accurate definition I would say it is all of those things the state of being comfortable, healthy and happy.

I have had a passion for exercise, health and well-being from a young age, but I certainly wasn’t always healthy and happy, comfortable yes with a loving family, but not always comfortable with myself. In fact I was actually pretty unhealthy and unhappy for a long time and definitely uncomfortable with who I was at certain times.

It sure has been a work in progress but one I have always been willing to learn more about and have done for over a few decades now and I know I have changed through what I have learnt and implemented into my lifestyle that supports my health and well-being.

I am in no way perfect though and it hasn’t always been easy to make changes or keep up good habits but I am so much happier, healthier and comfortable for making the effort, being good to myself for trying and always learning and adapting to make positive improvements.

After spending a lot of time learning to understand and discover what works I now have positive habits that all go towards supporting my health and well-being. It is my aim now to tell people what I know and what actually works with these practices that are proven by science and through my own experience. Having recently taken a Science of Well-being course (more below) I was very happy to learn that many of the practices I had prioritised for my health and well-being over many years were actually backed by science to work in support of it.

During the first lockdown in Australia back in March, my idea for what I would do with The Konnection Club started to evolve even more.

I had been learning about the importance of social connection on our well-being for sometime but I decided to take it further by enrolling in a course called The Science of Well-being put together by Professor Laurie Santos from Yale University.

It has now gone onto become the most popular course at Yale, with the plan for it to be implemented as a more extensive course. It is available through Coursera online and is a free 10 week course. I highly recommend taking it, if this is something you might be interested in.

The aim of the course was for us to learn the science and practices of well-being not only for ourselves but also more broadly for society.

What surprised me was that after just 10 weeks my levels of well-being (happiness) improved. We took two baseline tests at the beginning and then again at the completion of the course. My happiness and well-being scores were actually not too bad to begin with however they did improve and some significantly in a few areas. These scores improved due to me through implementing the practices of well-being that the science says will increase it.

Many of the things we all know about include exercise, sleep, social connection, meditation and gratitude. I have included a number of these for many years as part of my lifestyle, however I introduced the practice of gratitude about a year ago now and could certainly feel the benefits well before I knew about the science behind it.

The following practices are:

  1. Social Connection
  2. Using your Signature Strengths
  3. Gratitude
  4. Exercise
  5. Kindness
  6. Sleep
  7. Savouring
  8. Meditation

You are probably already familiar with many of these and how important they are to your own lifestyle and well-being.

Practices of well-being are just that, practices and a few minutes a day over time can make really significant changes. They also do need to be practiced it is not just enough to know, we also have to do.

What was really great for me was to know that the things I was already doing were helping and it showed in my scores, which I mentioned were pretty good to begin with. They did improve however over just 10 weeks and that was through learning about other things I didnt know much about including savouring and using my signature strengths and implementing the practices.

I am sure you, like me would have been happy to learn new ways to support your well-being, while also knowing what we think we know works actually does. Being able to see real changes that are based in science was great after just 10 weeks of implementing what we were learning with these practices, which was our homework throughout the course.

I plan to discuss each of these in a more depth in upcoming posts, touching on some of the science that make these practices so good for us as it is important and good to know.

I also will include little tips you can introduce daily, that all go towards actually really helping better your well-being.

8 Ways to Well-being that Work.

15 August 2020 | Well-being