Well-being is now recognized as one of the two most important indicators of a nation’s success, along with the Gross Domestic Product. Yet, in national surveys, only 30% of people say that they have ‘high’ well-being. That is, they felt happy the day before, they believe the things they do in their lives are worthwhile, and they are very satisfied with their lives. At 30%, these people are the minority.
Where are you? In the 30% minority who have a strong sense of well-being? Or, in the 70% who feel like life could be more?
If you are in the 70%, research says that you are likely to:
- be less productive and engaged at work than you used to be;
- feel highly stressed much of the time;
- be dissatisfied with your life;
- lack purpose in your life;
- miss work due to illness more than you used to;
- lack energy;
- wonder when the last time you really had fun was;
- feel disconnected from your close relationships; and
- be at risk for a more serious mental health concern, such as anxiety or depression.
In other words, 7 of every 10 people do not get to the end of their day and feel satisfied with themselves or their accomplishments.
Can You Relate?
I can! I am a busy academic. I have struggled with competing demands and balancing the things that mean most to me, such as family, work, relationships, and faith. I have experienced high stress levels, sacrificed the things that are good for me (like exercise), and not given myself permission to relax.
I have sought to understand the essential pieces that make up well-being, and what research says about how to effectively build those foundations in your life in a way that is sustainable. If you are like me, you don’t have time or resources to waste on things that don’t work or make a long-lasting difference. In fact, in addition to my very personal interest in well-being, that is why my research platform is devoted to finding effective, sustainable ways to improve well-being.
My Goal for this Website
My goal is help you to optimize your well-being.
…By presenting high quality, research-based evidence and strategies in an easy-to-understand manner.
…That connects science to real life by drawing out its real-life applications.
…So that at the end of the day, you can answer the following 4 questions  resoundingly with the best scores possible:
- Overall, how satisfied are you with your life nowadays? TEN
- Overall, to what extent do you feel the things you do in your life are worthwhile? TEN
- Overall, how happy did you feel yesterday? TEN
- Overall, how anxious did you feel yesterday? ZERO
 Office for National Statistics (2012). First annual ONS experimental subjective well-being results. London, U.K. (www.ons.gov.uk)