Well Being: The Five Essential Elements

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781595620408
  • Publisher: Gallup Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/2010
  • Edition description: Deckle Edge
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 41,743
  • Product dimensions: 10.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author


Tom Rath has written three international bestsellers in the last decade. His first book, How Full Is Your Bucket?, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Rath’s book StrengthsFinder 2.0 is a long-running #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller and was listed by USA Today as the top-selling business book of 2008. His latest bestseller, Strengths Based Leadership, was published in 2009. In total, Rath’s books have sold more than 2 million copies in the U.S. alone and made more than 100 appearances on The Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

Rath has been with Gallup for 14 years and leads Gallup’s workplace research and leadership consulting around the world. Rath also serves on the board of VHL.org, an organization dedicated to cancer research and patient support. He earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. Tom and his wife, Ashley, and their daughter, Harper, live in Arlington, VA.

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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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    A very bad book. These guys don't know anything about well-being

    A very bad book. These guys don't know anything about well-being. In their company they have people subtract their time spent in the restroom from the time interviewing on the phone. Like the failed Strengths Finder's test, this is light on substance and these guys are just basically trying to play God. They're trying to decide who is healthy mentally and physically as well as who is not. They also use tax payer dollars to do it.

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    A must read for any and all interested in finding the right balance in life...

    In this book based on the Gallup Organization's Strengths Finder 2.0 it explores the determined Five Essential Elements of a person's well being.

    Each chapter discusses each of the five elements and it's importance to one's well being and then gives you three recommendations for boosting your wellbeing in that area. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing your own copy so you can take the Strenghts Finder online test (I'm a HUGE fan of Gallup's Strengths Finder tests as are many employers and even school districts). This books is a quick easy read and a definite must if you are looking to improve your overall wellbeing whether you feel comfortable with where you are at or looking to see improvement in any of these areas. The study is explained in the second half of the book and the facts and statistics will blow you away!

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  • Posted June 14, 2012

    Talks about how five elements are needed in order to achieve hap

    Talks about how five elements are needed in order to achieve happiness in life overall. These include career, social, financial, physical, and community well being. It is important to find well being in all of these areas and not just focus on one area of your life.

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  • Posted August 16, 2011

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    Solid research-based report on how to attain happiness

    Gallup Inc., the world's most experienced polling organization, set out to determine what makes people happy. In this book, Tom Rath and Jim Harter, two Gallup professionals, dissect the organization's complex research findings. Real well-being depends on a blend of satisfaction in five distinct areas: work, money, health, social life and community. For entirely practical reasons, not everyone can follow Rath and Harter's advice, no matter how sound it may be. For those who can adhere to its precepts, this is a solid, revealing and useful text on happiness. getAbstract recommends the authors' all-inclusive philosophy of well-being and notes that this book comes with another bonus: special access codes to Gallup's online "Well-being Finder," which readers can use to measure their leadership strengths and track their well-being quotient.

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