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The Happy Manager Series: Embracing the Mindset of a Generalist for Health

In this fifth episode of the Happy Manager Series, Mike talks about the importance of a generalist approach to health. He explains that we need balance across four key areas: body health, nutritional health, sleep health, and mental health. He also discusses why it's important to ignore the "shredded in town" posts and focus on being generally good across these four areas. Tune in to learn more about the mindset of a generalist for health!

Transcript from Video

Hello, connections. It's Mike here. I'm on our fifth video in the Happy Manager video series.

I'm going to start digging more into health today.

So we're gonna have three topics over the next three months, three main topics, which are health, motivation, engagement, and performance without sacrificing soap or live bands. And today, we're going to start digging more into health. Overall, they are for health, something that we need to embrace before we get into our tactics and specifics, which we are going to do, I promise, is embracing the mindset of a generalist, not a special list. So a specialist specialises in one particular thing, and a lot of this tends to take that approach to improve a half a lot.

I need to hammer my diet and go to the gym five times a week. We tend to go very extreme, and the problem is that doesn't really work for our health. To be healthy, we need to take a generalist approach. And this is quite enlightening when we realise it because what it means is we don't need any of those areas. We don't actually have to put a lot of effort or establish any pain to be able to improve our health exponentially. we need to achieve balance across four key areas. So we need to be a generalist and we need to be a generalist across these four key areas.

So the first one is our body health, so our fitness, if that's what we want to call it, so we need to have a level of competence across there. The second one is our nutritional health,

the food that we put into our body, the food and drink that we put into our body.

The third one is our sleep health as the name suggests. And the fourth one is our mental health. All of those four things are what contribute together to us being healthy individuals.

And it's about getting a little bit better across each of those four components as opposed to hammering one of the ones. Interestingly, I've seen this and I've experienced it myself. If you hammer one at the expense of another, So let's say you train six times a week,

but you're not getting enough sleep and you're not eating enough, that's actually going to come as a negative to your health as well. Regardless of how well you're training, if that's coming in a negative to your sleep or to your mental health, you're not going to feel healthy overall. There are lots of very high-standard professional athletes that really suffer with their mental health. So overall, they don't feel healthy because of a variety of pressure that they have.

So you're better off being balanced than you are having a six-pack and feeling miserable every single day. So don't buy into what the internet tells you. Please don't buy into the post with people with their tops off being shredded in town. You need to do this. That and that. And this is what health means you've got to ignore all that stuff because it's a load of BS. What you've got to focus on is being generally good across those four areas and that's a lot easier than it sounds.


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Mike Jones Better Happy Founder

Mike founded Better Happy in 2018.

He now works with a variety of businesses ranging from small accountancies up to large organisations such as Travelodge on improving employee happiness. Mike's vision and the vision of Better Happy is 'Every employee happy, every business thriving'

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