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2020: Happiness, Health and Prosperity

Posted by Joe Antle on January 1, 2020 8:25 AM EST
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The year 2020 brings to mind the idea of "focus".  Not just "vision" in the long term sense of the word, but on specific points of value that can be created by aiming actions directly on the things that matter most.  And 2020, like most years, appears to be quite interesting as we look ahead to it.  When you consider that there seems to be so many challenges to be met and overcome, it is hard to decide which ones are the most important.  However, as we have suggested in many of our blog posts in the past five years or so.......

....the idea of improving one's wellbeing while also helping others to do that is a worthy pursuit in any year.  And unlocking the secrets for doing that at some level of broad scale and doing so in a sustainable way should be an economically productive endeavor.  

We have a tendency or a bias to write about concepts that weave research on innovation and Gallup's research on the five essential elements of wellbeing into many of our postings.  With that in mind, I will do that again with this simple New Year's Day posting.  What follows are the Gallup Inc. research's five essential elements of wellbeing with a "focused" action to consider as a resolution for the year 2020.

Career Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action:  Implement the CareTrek comprehensive addiction recovery employee assistance program enhancement in Virgina.  Focus area:  Leading employers who are willing to invest a little, to help some of their employees a lot.

Financial Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action: Find ways to set manage the execution of CareTrek so that funds can be set aside from some of the employee readiness fees paid for CareTrek for meaningful purposes.

Social Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action: Build in a component of CareTrek that enables social interaction to bring strategic value to employee participants, to employers and to those who support them.

Physical Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action:  Identify physical health improvements that can be brought about by successful execution and expansion of CareTrek access-such as improved nutrition, exercise or assessment of physical health improvements made by employee participants.

Community Wellbeing

2020 Focused Action:  Find ways to leverage financial resources, services and support mechanisms in service to the broader community efforts to reduce substance use disorder through better access, affordability and evidence-based resources with CareTrek.

In summary, while none of the actions suggested are extraordinary or innovative on their own merits, the application of focused, purposeful and "intended consequences" that can accrue in the key areas of wellbeing that can accrue from CareTrek make the idea of commercially successful execution of the CareTrek concept in 2020 one with "meaning".

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