Fact is, while we may not be able to control the circumstances, we have a choice each day to take responsibility of how we respond to them. This is a key mindset element that can significantly impact our overall wellbeing.
I believe God’s plan for our lives entails optimizing every aspect of it — despite circumstances. This is the power of thriving! (Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines thriving as: “to progress toward or realize a goal despite or because of circumstances.”) Every single one of us can make the choice today to live differently, to choose differently, to behave differently and, suddenly, when we take that responsibility, our wellbeing has the opportunity to soar.
There are six different areas, personal dimensions of wellbeing, that I believe compose the ultimate formula for a thriving recipe for a happier, healthier and more meaningful life:
Made to Move - Imagine creating a world where daily activity builds strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness, fueled by a plant-based diet and regular rejuvenating rest. That is the power motion.
Made to Explore - Imagine creating a world where problems become opportunities to explore new ideas and solutions that make life work better for everyone. That is the power of innovation.
Made to Belong - Imagine creating a world where conversations are encouraged, differences are embraced and help is freely offered, turning strangers into neighbors. That is the power of inclusion.
Made to Unwind - Imagine creating a world where worry and stress are reduced through practices that increase self-awareness, gratitude, relaxation and resilience. That is the power of calm.
Made to Dream - Imagine creating a world where possibilities arise from the discovery and alignment of personal strengths, core values, acquired skills and life calling. That is the power of purpose.
Dominique Gummelt, PhD, CPT, CWP
Director of University Wellness | Andrews University
Wellness Expert and Media Spokesperson | Verv Inc.