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Life's Great Question

Welcome to The 5-Minute Recharge with one quote, three ideas, and a 5-minute recharge challenge to supercharge your wellness.


No amount of luck, talent, brains, or good decisions can compensate for your habits and your routines.― Emily Gregory


#1 LIFE'S GREAT QUESTION In The 5-Minute Recharge, we stress the importance of asking yourself (and answering through journaling) good questions. Perhaps the best question you can ask yourself is not “What's my passion?” where you are the presumed centre of the world, but something we often overlook while we're busy looking for our passions that author Tom Rath addresses in his latest book Life's Great Question. It's a question that begins with what the people around you need and works backward to discover how your talents and motivations can be used in the service of those needs. Life's most important question touches on another wellness theme in The 5-Minute Recharge―living a life of purpose...

“Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?” ― Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

#2 EAT MOVE SLEEP One of Tom Rath's most famous books is Eat, Move, Sleep that also happens to be the advice contained in recent studies on the interaction of DNA and diet. DNA doesn't seem to be as crucial to how we respond to our diet as sleep, exercise, stress, and gut microbes. According to the Center for Disease Control in the United States, the number of severely obese people has increased tenfold from 1 in 100 people half a century ago to nearly one in ten today. Four out of ten Americans are obese, making almost half the American population vulnerable to an array of diseases from diabetes to heart disease and cancer. Never before in history has eat, sleep, move been so important.

“We can’t change our genes. But we can change how much we sleep, how we manage stress, and how much we exercise. We can even influence our gut microbes.”― Monica Reinagel, Scientific American

#3 SURVIVAL OF THE FRIENDLIEST The theory of survival of the fittest suggests that the most competitive among us will thrive, but research into what makes for a long, happy, healthy life tells a different story. The longest study of adult development ever undertaken, The Harvard Study that began in 1938, has reached one indisputable conclusion: good relationships keep us happier and healthier. So let's give ourselves permission to treat time with friends with the same importance as diet and exercise. Because it is.

“Go out with your friends, Your biology will be better. Your health will be better, your friends' health will be better, and you'll come back to your work refreshed. We think of friends as this lovely thing, but it is actually a matter of life and death.”Lydia Denworth, author Friendship: the evolution, biology, and extraordinary power of life's fundamental bond

Acts of Friendship gives you 47 ways to harness the incredible power of friendship. (Be sure to check out our new “Welcome to our Website” video that illustrates a fun and memorable act of friendship.)


The Fast Five

1. Mindfulness, the next frontier in sports performance.

2. The pleasure of reading in the age of distraction.

3. Approach friendship like dating.

4. The dark side of the flight attendant lifestyle.

5. Worry. Stress. Anxiety. What's the difference and what can you do?



“Pessimism is one of the personality traits that's highly heritable, but also modifiable by specific exercises.”– Martin Seligman

These viral days it's easy to be pessimistic, but optimists earn more money, have better relationships, and live longer. The good news for pessimists and lapsed optimists is that studies show that you can, with training, strengthen your optimism muscle.And you can begin your optimism training here with a 5-minute optimism training session.

Take 5-minutes to write about your best possible future self.

Select an area of your life to write about—relationships, career, physical health, etc.—and describe your life in the most positive way you can imagine.Happiness researcher Sonja Lyubomirsky has used this exercise with hundreds of people and has found it helps to build the optimism muscle. But like all exercises, it needs to be repeated to yield results. Repeat the optimism training session once a week for one or two months, or for as long as it takes to feel your optimism growing.

“It works because you're thinking about all your dreams coming true, as opposed to worrying about the worst possible outcome.” ― Sonja Lyubomirsky

Optimistically wishing you your best week ever,

Lynne & Addie

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