Well Being: The Five Essential Elements by Tom Rath and Jim Harter (Gallup Press, 2010) Reviewed by Steve Gladis, Ph.D.
The Gallup folks have done it again. They’ve conducted rigorous research in 150 countries, including the US, on what makes us live a complete life—one of wellbeing. In their quest among oceans of data, they’ve discovered five elements that shape a life of wellbeing: Career Wellbeing, Social Wellbeing, Financial Wellbeing, Physical Wellbeing, and Community Wellbeing. They’ve not only written an immensely accessible, readable book, but also a well documented, well sourced one. Furthermore, Tom Rath and Jim Harter have created a Wellbeing Finder, an online instrument that provides follow-up reader engagement. Gallup has done this before with its now famous StrengthsFinder. I recommend Well Being to anyone interested in their own, their team’s, and their organization’s wellbeing.