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What are the 4 key elements that drive well being? Integration into a people strategy

“Well-being is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello.” This is the conclusion that neuroscientist Richard Davidson at the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his colleagues have come to.

Basically: You can get better at well-being. It’s a skill you can train for.

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Mounting research suggests mental training in these four areas can make a difference in well-being. Additionally, the neural circuits involved in these areas exhibit plasticity—they can change in enduring ways for the better. 

So what are the 4 elements key to driving well being?

1. Resilience
When something goes wrong, how long does it take you to recover? Some people bounce back more quickly than others, and neuroscientists are measuring that recovery time.

What seems to be key in the development of resilience is the position of a driving purpose. Goals and strong motivation can allow individuals to see beyond the current situation to something else.

2. Outlook
Do you see the good in people? Outlook is the ability to highlight the positive experience—from enjoying a coffee break at work to seeing kindness in every person. Practicing being compassionate is one way to develop this outlook.

3. Attention
“A wandering mind is an unhappy mind,” paraphrasing the subtitle from an article published by a group of social psychologists at Harvard. Those researchers also found that almost half the time, we’re not actually paying attention to the present moment.

So mindfulness is term of the day but actually it maybe more beneficial than we think.

4. Generosity
“When individuals engage in generous and altruistic behavior, they actually activate circuits in the brain that are key to fostering well-being,”

It also has many benefits, particularly if it is reciprocated but also improves our response to other people's problems.

Developing well being can be now be integrated into learning strategy as part of an informed people plan which is socially responsible.


JOHN | THINKING HR