Cooked spaghetti sticks to the wall. Raw pasta however rolls down to your countertop. The same goes of your health promotion efforts. If all the strategies you are using seem to fall flat, it’s probably because the whole issue still feels raw and unprepared, and so there is no “stickiness” value to it.
The Smarts and Stamina health promotion model offers ways to improve our sleep, food, mood and exercise habits. It explains that these 4 categories are mutually reinforcing, and so recommends that we start by improving what’s easiest for us. Once initial progress starts to kick-in, it’ll be easier to move on to habits that are more challenging to improve.
In the case of organizational wellness, the easiest habit category to work on is often mood. Before you get people to put aside extra time for visiting the gym or cooking at home, creating a culture where people are supportive of each other’s goals and where happiness is valued will go a long way.
The pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal, says the UN which proclaimed March 20th the International Day of Happiness.
The goal of the UN’s International Day of Happiness is to recognize the relevance of happiness and wellbeing as universal goals and aspirations in the lives of human beings around the world.
To help everyone in this quest, 18 positive psychology experts, myself included, will be offering free online talks on March 20th, via en*theos.
In my wellness workshop, you will learn
- How to find time for better habits of health in your busy schedule
- About a health promotion model that will improve your health behaviors more easily than what you’ve already tried
- How to use and preserve your self-discipline to benefit your habits of health
- How to work social pressure creatively to move those around you towards greater health and wellness
Other talks will share
- 5 things emotionally intelligent children do differently
- How to overcome self-doubt
- What positive leadership contributes to the leader
- How to make physical activity more joyful
- How to build relationships that support achievement
Spreading the importance of happiness is a great first step towards greater organizational well-being. Consider sharing our talks, preparing your own, or inviting a guest speaker to discuss the health-happiness connection. Or at the very least, share these quick mood boosters with your peers.