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From the WE-All Alliance

http://www.wellbeingeconomy.org/about

- Amazing activities that embody a wellbeing economy are relatively disconnected, and similarly, the incredible movements and networks working for a new economy are not sufficiently connected

- There is no pervasive overriding (underpinning) set of stories or narratives that open up a new paradigm

- There is no connected, accessible and coherent body of thought

- Policies are being developed and implemented that advance elements of a new economy, but they are being instituted, rather than being a product of the system

The critical issue facing the many organisations and networks working for a new economic system is not so much what needs to happen, but how to make it happen. WEAll’s practical response will include activities such as:

- Connect and convene seven meta movements from around the world (both radical ones and those closer to the current system). These meta movements will be: businesses; faith and values groups; academia and think thanks; civil society organisations; governments; practitioners such as cities which are implementing new economy initiatives at scale; and institutional innovators. WEAll will support their strategy, collaborations, dissemination and replication.

- Creation of a global citizens movement alongside support for WEAll communities of place in the form of hubs driven by local actors in their communities, cities and countries. Deliver a gathering of the components of the wider movement in Malaga in 2019. This will encompass a launch of the Global New Economy Movement.

- Work with marketing experts, story tellers, and communities to distil elements of and appropriate framing for a new narrative. Creatively and proactively disseminate the new narrative to key audiences in order to bring the co-creation of a new economy into the mainstream.

- Create and share playbooks (guides) that explain how relevant actors can advance the creation of a wellbeing economy.

- Synthesize various academic and grey literature that informs new economy analysis and propositions. Convene universities, students’ movements, think tanks, CSOs and research institutes of the new economy to distil key dimensions of a new economy theory. Spread, share, communicate and champion this material.

-Convene the governments of countries and regions where policy decisions are being made for wellbeing, in all its dimensions.

These will help bring about key changes required for a wellbeing economy and a finer future:

- Pioneers flourish, crowding out old economy activities

- A power base challenging and changing the current economic system

- Dislodging the neoliberal common sense and elevating the values and principles that underpin a new economy

- New economy theory and practice taught in classrooms and shaping analysis and policy briefings

- The policy regime shifting towards one promoting wellbeing economics

Life liberty and the pursuit of happiness

https://www.habitsforwellbeing.com/what-is-wellbeing/ There are many people and organisations describing and defining wellbeing. So, what is wellbeing? Following are some definitions of wellbeing from a variety of sources: Collins Dictionaries "the condition of being contented, healthy or successful". Oxford Dictionaries "a state of being comfortable, happy and healthy".

World Health Organisation "Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community".

Subjective Well-Being (SWB) was defined by Deiner (2009) as the general evaluation of one’s quality of life. The concept has been conceptualized as the three components: (1) a cognitive appraisal that one’s life was good (life satisfaction); (2) experiencing positive levels of pleasant emotions; (3) experiencing relatively low levels of negative moods (Deiner, 2009). One of the people who has supported my wellbeing has been Adyashanti and he talks about What is Being? below

What Influences Wellbeing?

Basically every aspect of your life influences your state of wellbeing. Researchers investigating happiness have found the following factors enhance an individuals wellbeing – an enjoyable and fulfilling career adequate money regular exercise a balanced diet (food and water) sufficient sleep an intimate relationship with a partner a network of close friends a sense of belonging the ability to adapt to change a safe physical environment (home and environment) a sense of purpose and meaning all of the above factors are interrelated.

What Does Wellbeing Mean to You? Does it include – your relationships (social) your emotions (emotional) your body (physical) your thoughts (mental) your finances (financial) the environment (environmental) your spirit (spiritual)? I would be interested to hear what well-being means to you, so feel free to comment below! If you are ready to reclaim your courage and take the ********* https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-doesnt-kill-us/201708/what-exactly-is-well-being What Exactly Is Well-Being? New research lists the fourteen components of well-being Posted Aug 21, 2017

The importance of well-being has been widely acknowledged over the past twenty years by psychologists. But the concept itself is surprisingly complex.

In a recent study which aimed to bring some order to the confusion, Dr Ylenio Longo at the University of Nottingham, in England, examined the similarities and differences in the six most widely used theoretical perspectives on well-being.

Looking for similarities and differences across the six theoretical perspectives in how they defined well-being, he identified fourteen distinct and recurring constructs that are used to describe well-being: happiness, vitality, calmness, optimism, involvement, self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-worth, competence, development, purpose, significance, congruence, and connection.

The definitions for each are shown below. 1. Happiness = Feeling happy and cheerful 2. Vitality = Feeling energetic/full of energy 3. Calmness = Feeling calm/relaxed 4. Optimism = Being optimistic and hopeful 5. Involvement = Feeling completely involved and engaged in what you do 6. Awareness = Being in touch with how you feel 7. Acceptance = Accepting yourself the way you are 8. Self-worth = Liking yourself 9. Competence = Feeling highly effective at what you do 10. Development = Feeling you are improving, developing, advancing 11. Purpose = Having a purpose and a mission in life 12. Significance = Feeling that what you do is worthwhile 13. Congruence = Feeling that what you do is consistent with how you see yourself 14. Connection = Feeling close and connected to the people around you Looking down this list, which ones would you agree are true for you? Someone with a very high level of well-being would agree with all fourteen components, but for most of us, there will be gaps – components of well-being that are missing in our lives right now. It helps us to identify what’s missing in our lives and where we might need to put in some extra effort. If you are interested, you can find out more about the science behind this work and the new questionnaire we developed – the Scales of General Well-Being (SGWB) – by clicking the link below.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0191886917300065