Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements
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Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements

Tom Rath and Jim Harter

When striving to improve our lives, we're quick to buy into programs that promise to help us make money, lose weight, or strengthen our relationships. While it might be easier to treat these critical areas in our lives as if they are independent, they're not. Gallup's comprehensive study of people in more than 150 countries revealed five universal, interconnected elements that shape our lives: Career Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, and Community Wellbeing.

New York Times bestseller Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements provides you with a holistic view of what contributes to your wellbeing over a lifetime. Written in a conversational style by bestselling authors Tom Rath and Jim Harter, Ph.D., this book is filled with fascinating research and innovative ideas for boosting your wellbeing in each of these five areas. As a complement to the book, you'll have the opportunity to use Gallup's online Wellbeing Finder to track and improve your wellbeing.

By the time you finish reading this book, you'll have a better understanding of what makes life worthwhile. This will enable you to enjoy each day and get more out of your life -- while boosting the wellbeing of your friends, family members, colleagues, and others in your community.

From the Book

About the Authors

Tom Rath leads Gallup's workplace consulting business worldwide and is one of the most influential authors of the last decade. His books have sold more than 4 million copies and have made more than 250 appearances on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list.

Tom's first book, How Full Is Your Bucket?, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. His 2007 book, StrengthsFinder 2.0, was listed as the top-selling business book worldwide by The Economist. Tom's most recent international bestsellers are Strengths Based Leadership and Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements.

In Tom's role at Gallup, he guides the organization's practices and research on employee engagement, selection, strengths-based development, leadership, and wellbeing. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the VHL Cancer Research Fund. Tom earned degrees from the University of Michigan and the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Ashley, and their two children live in Arlington, Virginia.

Jim Harter, Ph.D., is Chief Scientist for Gallup's international workplace management and wellbeing practices. He coauthored the New York Times bestseller 12: The Elements of Great Managing, which is based on the largest worldwide study of employee engagement. Since joining Gallup in 1985, Harter has authored more than 1,000 research studies, which have been reported on in bestselling management books and publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA TODAY. He is coauthor of "Manage Your Human Sigma," published in the Harvard Business Review.

Harter earned his doctorate in psychological and cultural studies at the University of Nebraska. Jim and his wife, RaLinda, and their sons, Joey and Sam, live in Omaha, Nebraska.


"Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements has extensive data and very specific recommendations that are bound to change strategies in the health and wellbeing arena."

-- Deepak Chopra, in the San Francisco Chronicle

"Already a New York Times bestseller, the book outlines a blueprint for a happier life, and the solution, unsurprisingly, is a scientific one."

-- The Sunday Times (London)

". . . the authors are to be congratulated for their solid research, their cross-cultural emphasis, and
their commitment to understanding the essential elements of thriving."

Dr. Raymond D. Fowler, American Psychological Association Review of Books

"Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements is…easy to read in short bursts, and fascinating to anyone who is at all introspective."

-- The Huffington Post

Wellbeing: The Five Essential Elements shows "why it pays to give a damn."


". . . a fascinating look at the impact of what drives our sense of well-being, both at work and in our personal lives."

-- SmartBrief on Workforce

"In their classic conversational style, Jim Harter and Tom Rath … deliver a holistic view of what contributes to one's wellbeing over a lifetime."

-- Training & Development magazine

"There are many books that attempt to provide individuals with a plan for a more balanced life. However, Wellbeing offers the empirical data backed with the Gallup pedigree."

-- Soundview Executive Book Summaries

". . . a helpful introduction to the field of wellbeing . . ."

-- British Journal of Wellbeing

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