Wellbeing & How to Improve It - Mental Fitness: Converge International - Page 24



WE USE THE
WHO-5 TO
MEASURE
WELLBEING.
This allows us to gauge someone’s wellbeing
compared with a globally recognised assessment and
to recommend actions and interventions if a person’s
wellbeing is of concern.
We also use a series of questions about the activities
that someone incorporates into their life to measure
Mental Fitness, drawing from the categories in the
Converge Mental Fitness Model.
Finally, we use a series of questions, adapted from the
Holmes-Rahn Life Stress Scale40 that asks participants
whether they have experienced particular events in the
past year known to be associated with psychological
stress.
We ask about objective events as well a person’s
subjective experience of stress. However, we only use
the objective data in measuring Life Stress, as someone’s
perception of their stress is likely to reflect their
wellbeing. For example, two people might have identical
events (e.g., both have had a baby or moved to a new
house). However, one may have low wellbeing and the
other high wellbeing prior to those events. Therefore,
their subjective experience of stress derived from these
life events may be very different. By measuring events
objectively, we avoid confounding Life Events with
Wellbeing. Additionally, the extra information we get
from their perception of stress can also be reported,
and provide us with a useful snapshot into how they are
feeling.
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BODY

Exercise – Does the person incorporate regular
exercise into their life?

Sleep – Does the person get a good quality and
quantity of sleep?

Nutrition – Does the person eat a
“Mediterranean diet”?

Drug and Alcohol Use – Does the person misuse
drugs or alcohol?
MIND

Positive mindset – Does the person practice
being grateful, do they have a positive and
constructive approach to situations?

Growth mindset – Does the person believe that
they can change and improve? Does the person
regularly set themselves goals?

Mindfulness – Does the person regularly pay
attention, in the moment, to what is happening?
Do they get easily distracted (including by
“always on” technology?)
SPIRIT

Nature – Does the person connect with the
natural world on a regular basis?

Purpose – Does the person find meaning and
purpose in the work they do?
COMMUNITY

Social – How extensive is the person’s social
network? What “social capital” do they have?

Giving – Does the person regularly engage in
giving time and money? To what extent do they
practice acts of kindness and generosity in their
daily life?
WELLBEING AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT | A WHITE PAPER FROM CONVERGE INTERNATIONAL | 2020

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