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.
I am in no way perfect either 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 it and it is my aim now to tell people what I know and what actually works.
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 in society.
What surprised me was that just after 10 weeks my levels of well-being 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 it was 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:
- Social Connection
- Using your Signature Strengths
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 great, as I am sure you are too, but there were others that I knew nothing about, so that was also really interesting to learn about.
After 10 weeks of implementing what we were learning with these practices which was our homework throughout the course, I was able to see real changes that are based in science.
I will discuss each of these in a bit more depth in upcoming posts, touching on some of the science that make these practices so good for us.
Also with little tips to introduce some you may not be as familiar with daily, that all go towards actually really helping better your well-being.