Achieving Wellbeing in the Best & Worst of Times


Paul Stillman introduces

Q4 Theme Wellbeing

Remember that famous line from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Was he talking about today? An age in which wisdom and foolishness prevailed, an epoch of belief and incredulity, a season of light and darkness. We now find ourselves in a similar time, dominated by solidarity and division, love and hate, hope and despair.

How do we achieve wellbeing in such an era — for ourselves, our society, or planet? At Six Seconds, we believe that in this perilous time, the path forward is to bring our thinking and feeling together. The path forward is to increase our empathy for others while raising our self-awareness and recognizing the consequences of our actions. The path forward is to balance our abilities to know ourselves, choose ourselves, and give ourselves to create a lasting sense of wellbeing. By developing and practicing the skills of emotional intelligence, we cultivate the resources to foster wellbeing, even during a challenging time of disruption and dislocation.

Each calendar quarter, Six Seconds selects a theme to guide our research and publications. Last quarter, we focused on trust, the foundation for positive relationships. Choosing wellbeing as our theme for this quarter reflects our sense that, at this particular moment in history, contentment and life balance are in jeopardy on a daily basis. We hope you will join us over the next three months as we offer a variety of practical strategies to apply the science and practice of emotional intelligence to bring balance back into our lives.

We asked friends and colleagues across the globe to share their images of wellbeing. They sent us photos of people learning, laughing, and playing music together, tranquil scenes of nature, with oceans and mountains, sun and sky. They wrote about energy, connection, wonder, gratitude, mindfulness, and simple beauty. We would love to see and share what wellbeing means to you. Please send your captioned photos and we’ll create an wellbeing inspiration board for our network.  Email photos to [email protected]

Wellbeing looks like…

Wellbeing is important for everyone, but it is critically important for children, which is why we are once again celebrating Universal Children’s Day with the inspiring “POP-UP Festival on emotions, wellbeing, and children’s rights” that will be happening around the world.

Maintaining a sense of wellbeing in our personal and organizational lives is also vital. During the month of November, Six Seconds is sponsoring The 2017 World EQ Summit, which will take place in Dubai and Mumbai. Find out more about the amazing line up of leading emotional intelligence experts who will be presenting their groundbreaking work.

To paraphrase Tom Paine, these are the times that try men’s and women’s souls. Don’t miss Six Seconds CEO Joshua Freedman’s reflection on how to navigate the emotions elicited by the events that have been unfolding around us.

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Paul Stillman

Paul Stillman is Director of Organizational Vitality at Six Seconds. He has over 30 years of experience as a healthcare executive and consultant. Paul leads global efforts to promote the use of Vital Signs, Six Seconds' suite of organization assessment tools. He has a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Systems and is a Life Fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

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