A little over a year ago, Gallup published an interesting book on Well-being. The authors decompose well-being into five elements: career, social, financial, physical, and community well-being. I learned about this book after taking Gallup’s “Strength’s Finder 2.0” test that identifies an individual’s five top strengths from a list of 25 different strengths. Mine were: deliberative, learner, focus, restorative, and achiever. Anyway, back to well-being.

I like Gallup’s Well-being framework because it captures everything possible that we may derive value and happiness, though certainly some people may naturally derive more value from one of the five elements than others. In addition, I find this framework useful in how I structure this blog going forward. Over the next couple days, I’ll discuss my thoughts on each of the five elements. Over time, I hope to use this blog as a way of chronicling my efforts in achieving well-being as a twenty-something currently based in DC.