What is the importance of wellness in a company? A study done by Deloitte* found that 68% percent of 354 South African respondents, felt that employee well-being programmes promote employee productivity or improve bottom line results and 59% feel that well-being programmes support employee retention.

We asked one of the employees at Blue Horizon Licensing, Jacky, who works in the finance department, how she achieves health, wealth and happiness, and ultimately, wellness in her working life. This is what she said:

“Everyone wants these three renowned things in their lives: health, wealth and happiness.  But how much effort is put into achieving any of them?  It takes diligence and dedication to make sure that you have and keep these things in your life, it doesn’t just naturally happen.  If you don’t choose to work for it, you choose to have the opposite.  Knowing what these words really mean to each of us makes it easier to aspire to having them in our lives.

This is what they mean to me:

  1. Health (body) – In this sense I’m talking about your physical as well as mental well-being. These two are very closely related and affect each other in bigger ways than most people realise.  I exercise, drink a lot of water and generally eat well to keep my body and mind as healthy as I possibly can.  When I don’t exercise, I instantly feel grumpy and tired.  After a while I don’t feel like exercising at all and I then start resenting myself and begin having negative thoughts about everything!  This just snowballs up to a point where I get depressed. Today, a lot of people sadly suffer from depression and if there is something you can do to fight it, I would suggest engaging in physical activity at least three times a week.
    • Studies have shown that exercising regularly has a lot of benefits: It reduces stress and anxiety, alleviates depression, boosts self-esteem and increases memory function. It makes you stronger, both physically and mentally.
    • For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
  1. Wealth, to me, means being grateful for everything I have. Family and friends who love me, a house to live in, a bed to sleep in, and food on the table.  When your needs are met, you are wealthy, and when you love giving and sharing what you have with others, you will receive blessings in abundance.  A year or so ago, my sisters and I did a gratitude challenge.  Every day for a whole month, we wrote down 10 things which we were grateful for.  It is difficult to think of what to be grateful sometimes, but it forces you to realise how many things you should be grateful for, and once you realise that, everything becomes a blessing to you. Another exercise we did each night before going to bed, was to write down the best thing that happened that day. This forces you to recall each and every thing that made you smile during the day as you try and pick the best one, this tricks your mind into feeling good, even on the ‘bad’ days.
    • I love this quote: “Some people are so poor, all they have is money.”
  1. Happiness is also something you choose. Happiness doesn’t mean you’re having fun and laughing all the time, it’s much deeper than that, it’s when your soul is overflowing with peace, love and joy.  This can only happen once you’ve “mastered” gratefulness and intentionally changing your thought patterns – be more mindful, less judgemental, be the change you wish to see in the world.
    • But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law (Galatians 5:22–23).

From my point of view, being healthy, wealthy AND happy is very possible if you really want it. “