A bit of a disclaimer: these are taken from the book, Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements (citation will be at the end of this post) with some personal information interwoven in.
- Figure out what your strengths are and make sure that you are utilizing your strengths every. single. day.
- Find a mentor/role model and start interacting with them.
- Find a friend/some friends at work and make time to chat with them.
- Deep breath. Get 6 hours (that’s right, 360 minutes) of social interaction. Email a friend. Grab lunch w/ someone at work. Make weird faces at your boyfriend (is that just me that does that? Oh, alright then…moving on)
- Those friends of friends that everyone has? Work on those connections too! Work on strengthening your network.
- Still trying to figure out how in the world you are supposed to work, sleep, workout, AND get 6 hours of social time into every single day? Try working out w/ a friend. The whole “kill two birds with one stone” but minus bird murder.
- Don’t buy stuff. But experiences. I still to this day share some of my Alaska trip experiences with people. But I rarely chat about my haul from the Nike outlet mall.
- When you can, work on giving back to others. Again, the experience of buying something for someone else can have a more lasting impact on you than buying a new watch.
- Make saving idiot proof. Before you even see your paycheck, have x amount chucked into a hard to get to savings account of some sort.
- Get moving. At least 20 minutes a day.
- Get sleeping. The right amount. Not too much. Not too little. Goldilocks that sleep cycle. (Didn’t know you could use Goldilocks as a verb did ya?)
- Make eating healthy idiot proof as well. When you buy groceries, don’t buy temptations. Stock up on those whole foods and healthy options.
- Figure out your personal mission. Now figure out how your personal mission and you yourself can help out the community. Then do it.
- Let your personal mission be known. Let people know what you are passionate about. Connect w/ relevant groups.
- Start now. It can be small but just start getting involved with your community.
Rath, T. & Harter, J. (2010). Wellbeing: The five essential elements. New York City, New York: Gallup Press.