Summary of Wellbeing

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Gallup Inc., the world’s most experienced polling organization, set out to determine what makes people happy. In this book, Tom Rath and Jim Harter, two Gallup professionals, dissect the organization’s complex research findings. Real well-being depends on a blend of satisfaction in five distinct areas: work, money, health, social life and community. For entirely practical reasons, not everyone can follow Rath and Harter’s advice, no matter how sound it may be. For those who can adhere to its precepts, this is a solid, revealing and useful text on happiness. getAbstract recommends the authors’ all-inclusive philosophy of well-being and notes that this book comes with another bonus: special access codes to Gallup’s online “Well-being Finder,” which readers can use to measure their leadership strengths and track their well-being quotient.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What the five vital elements of well-being are and
  • How to improve your life in all these essential areas.

About the Authors

Tom Rath directs workplace research and leadership consulting activities for Gallup, Inc., where Jim Harter, PhD, is chief scientist for international workplace management and well-being.



The Secret to Happiness
Do you experience a strong sense of well-being every day? Such contentment depends on more than just financial security, physical health or some other beneficial attribute. If you work to improve in one or two areas, but ignore the others, you will not be happy...

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    Rasha MUSA 5 months ago
    This is an interesting read
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    SARAH STANDEN 2 years ago
    This is an interesting read, although I did get a little put off by the the idea that 'long-range well-being' equated to 'get thin and fit, save for retirement'. That is just one view of the issue, as far as I am concerned.
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    Lucy Helen Tidbury 5 years ago
    Great summary, really makes you think about all the elements that contribute to your wellbeing rather than just focusing on one aspect, just putting a bit of effort into each aspect rather than putting all my energy into one will have a better result on my wellbeing

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