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From Walter Center: Wellness in Leadership

Friday, November 29 2019 01:10pm

The Select Leaders had the opportunity to take part in a wellness workshop hosted by Positive Foundry on Tuesday, November 13. Positive Foundry is a company based out of Columbus, Ohio that specializes in positive psychology, which is the study of what makes life worth living. In an increasingly negative society, people tend to only focus on negative things, which can result in a lack of engagement and productivity. 

However, Positive Foundry focuses on the positives—the key strengths that make up an individual and how to leverage those strengths to ultimately flourish. The meeting was led by founders Laura and Chris Cooke, as well as the Director for Schools, Erin Noviski. They first led the group in a discussion about happiness and used an equation to better understand the concept:

(100%) Happiness = (50%) Set Point + (10%) Circumstances + (40%) Voluntary Choices. 

 Happiness - Wellness

The set point refers to your genetics and biological makeup. Circumstances refer to where you live, socioeconomic status, etc. Voluntary choices refer to things that an individual is in control of. Throughout the rest of the workshop, the group solely focused on the voluntary choices, because 40% of choices an individual makes contributes to their happiness. This is powerful, because often times individuals think they have fairly low control over their overall happiness. 

This meeting could not have came at a better time. With the semester coming to an end, many students get stressed and caught up in exams, securing internships or full-time employment and increased involvement in organizations. These situations can cause stress on anyone, so it’s important to take time to focus on mental health and finding ways to be happy.