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Well Being: The Five Essential Elements

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by Tom Rath, Jim Harter
     
 

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath (more than 2 million copies sold in the U.S.) and bestselling author Jim Harter, Ph.D., a wide-ranging book (based on a 150-country Gallup study) that will help readers improve their careers, relationships, finances, physical health and community wellbeing.

Over the past decade, Gallup has introduced

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Tom Rath (more than 2 million copies sold in the U.S.) and bestselling author Jim Harter, Ph.D., a wide-ranging book (based on a 150-country Gallup study) that will help readers improve their careers, relationships, finances, physical health and community wellbeing.

Over the past decade, Gallup has introduced the concepts of strengths-based development and employee engagement to more than 20 million people around the world — largely through the #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, which was coauthored by engagement expert Jim Harter. In Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements, these bestselling authors team up to share the results of a landmark study of wellbeing and its implications for organizations and individuals.

Their groundbreaking research reveals how organizations can help employees boost their overall wellbeing — from their satisfaction with their careers to their financial security and level of community involvement. After conducting this extensive study, Rath and Harter discovered that much of what we think will improve our wellbeing is either misguided or just plain wrong. 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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781595620408
Publisher:
Gallup Press
Publication date:
05/04/2010
Edition description:
Deckle Edge
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
65,119
Product dimensions:
10.30(w) x 7.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet 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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Well Being: The Five Essential Elements 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 35 reviews.
teachingtinzy More than 1 year ago
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!
MeganHurley More than 1 year ago
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.
GoodOldUSA More than 1 year ago
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.
RolfDobelli More than 1 year ago
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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