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Well-Being by Tom Rath

Did you know that most heart attacks occur on Monday? Wonder why? It’s because of work. Our career well-being has a huge impact on every other aspect of our well-being. I knew this intuitively, but I didn’t have statistical evidence until I read Well Being by Tom Rath, who also authored StrengthsFidner 2.0 which is one of my favorite books of all time. It’s a quick read that goes through the five essential elements of well-being which include: career, social, financial, physical, and community.

Some interesting statistics from the book include:
– people who are well in career are twice as likely to be well in other 4 ares
– engagement chart on page 20
– bad boss leads to 24% increase in likelihood of heart problems
– George Gallup (The Secrets of a Long Life) interviewed men who live to be over 90 and average retire age was 80, 93% great satisfaction from career, and 83% having fun
– Most people perceive their occupation as being a detriment to their overall wellbeing. Yet when we started to look back through Gallup’s historical research on this topic, Jim uncovered a book and research study that was written in 1960 by Dr. George Gallup called The Secrets of a Long Life. Dr. Gallup studied people who lived to be 95 years and older, and one of the things they had in common is the fact that they didn’t retire at age 55 or 60 — they kept working until they were 85 or 90 years old. And they said they had fun doing what they were doing in their jobs every day.

Find out more about the book here when you get a chance.

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