Welcome to the Wheel of Wellbeing (WoW) – a simple framework designed to improve people’s health, happiness and wellbeing by focusing on six areas – Body, Mind, Spirit, People, Place and Planet. This monthly newsletter provides a roundup of the latest wellbeing tips, activities, research and resources to inspire better health and wellbeing. Tap into them – for yourself, your families, workplaces, schools and communities – and help create a happier world for us all!
Franklin Roosevelt summed up the importance of relationships when he said: “If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships – the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace.”
Check out this month’s jam-packed edition on ‘the science of human relationships’ and learn the art of quality conversation from a world debate champion; cutting edge insights into what great listeners actually do; top tips on how to make and maintain friendships; and much, much more….
Why not use these inspiring international days to create a focal point for wellbeing activities in your school, workplace or community.
11th July – World Population Day
World Population Day serves to both celebrate humanity itself, and to remind us that we need to look after each other and the planet we live on. The theme this year, given the disproportionate impacts of COVID19, is to safeguard the health and rights of women and girls now.
30th July – International Day of Friendship
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“Through friendship — by accumulating bonds of camaraderie and developing strong ties of trust — we can contribute to the fundamental shifts that are urgently needed to achieve lasting stability, weave a safety net that will protect us all, and generate passion for a better world where all are united for the greater good.” Source: United Nations
The International Day of Friendship, supports friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals, with a particular emphasis on involving young people, as future leaders, in community activities that include different cultures and promote understanding and respect for diversity. This is a great day to focus on listening and how to communicate better with other people. Celebrating friendships through something as simple as a brief note, to a coffee hang out, a concert or a shopping trip are all ways to build bonds and find commonalities. If you are in a school, check out these great ideas and resources here.
Although not a ‘People – Connect’ theme, we can’t let July go by without mentioning….
“Curiosity can be relationship magic,” says world debate champion Julia Dhar. In this short, practical TED talk, she shares three essential features of productive conversations, grounded in curiosity and purpose. The end result? Constructive conversations that sharpen your ideas and strengthen your relationships.
What is mental wellbeing, how can we look after it, and why is it so important? Listen up to Tony Coggins (whose UK team created WoW!) sharing his insights.
Love WoW and want to learn more? Come and join us in Rockhampton this August/September for our next WoW Intensive training.
Life events, such as moving to another neighbourhood, starting a job or having a baby, can isolate us from our former support group and make forging new friendships more important than ever. What kind of friend would you make? How can you make and maintain friendships? Victoria’s Better Health Channel has some great tips.
We’re all good at listening right? Or are we? According to the Harvard Business Review, people’s appraisal of their listening ability is much like their assessment of their driving skills in that the great bulk of adults think they’re above average! In this article they share some cutting-edge insights into what great listeners actually do.
Maybe you have a lot of contact with others, but perhaps not a whole lot of connection? Try out this ‘Connect Assessment’ from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business Interpersonal Dynamics course (affectionately known as the “Touchy Feely” course) to help you assess how good you are at building connections with others.
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