Last week we took another exciting step in our mission to transform the future of mental health by empowering people with the tools that build mental wellbeing.
After the longest soft launch in media history (2 postponements due to Covid) we proved that perseverance pays off as we officially launched PEPTALK Magazine, while bringing one of NZ's leading experts in wellbeing science and resilience research, Dr Lucy Hone, to share her insights with an audience of 500+.
One of the many poignant facts that Dr Hone shared from her research is that :
Only 24% of NZ's working population is psychologically flourishing.
Hone et al. (2015)
The goal of wellbeing science, is not only to reduce mental illness, it's to help us to really thrive and flourish.
There are things (not plucked from the latest self-help book, but grounded in research) that we can do each day to take us to that state of flourishing, but as Lucy Hone also pointed out there is a gap between knowing and doing - it's called surprise surprise - "The knowing / doing gap".
Knowledge is never enough, we must also be able to apply that knowledge.
Being aware that there is such a thing as the 'knowing/doing gap' is empowering in itself.
Now you can start to ask yourself the questions to take you from knowing... into doing so that you can start to see evidence of moving towards flourishing in your wellbeing and life.
Questions for reflection to begin to bridge the knowing / doing gap
What's your motivation for staying well and thriving?
Why do you want to feel good and function well?
What's in it for you and for those you care about?
What will motivate you to make the routine efforts required?
How can you sustain this motivation?
Who will support you?
Do you feel confident to reach out and ask for their support?
Let's apply the above questions to one of the most simple but profound wellbeing strategies...
the practice of gratitude:
Wellbeing science tells us that it's worth the effort to seek out, acknowledge and spend time appreciating the good things in life. Practicing gratitude has many benefits that help us to feel good and thrive.
There are two aspects to practicing gratitude -
Dr Lucy Hone emphasis's that language is important when it comes to motivating ourselves to do the things that will build our wellbeing.
Gratitude' may not ring your bells... so how about calling it your 'What went wells' or as they call it in the military 'hunting the good stuff'.
Finding the language that works for you is a great first step in closing the knowing/doing gap.
What other strategies can you put in place to commit to regularly practicing this life changing strategy?
Here's some ideas:
A summary of Dr Hone's presentation from our launch event will be available in Issue 3 of PEPTALK Magazine, which is released 1 December....
A Pep Talk is a vigorous, emotional talk intended to lift the spirits of yourself or someone else; and arouse positive feelings of happiness, enthusiasm, confidence, and determination to succeed.... PEPTALK as an organisation empowers people by delivering evidence-based knowledge and tools that build mental wellbeing and protect against mental illness, in engaging ways that are accessible, digestible, and actionable.