49 minutes | Jan 16, 2020

Why is wellbeing important?

Wellbeing is on everybody's mind. Who doesn't want to be well, healthy and happy, after all? In this episode, I'm talking to a real expert in this field, Dr. Anat Itay-Sarig. We discuss what wellbeing means, why it's more than just the occasional yoga class or a latte macchiato in the morning, and why you as a leader should pay attention to the issue. We cover the spheres of public policy, where wellbeing has been discussed for quite some time now and is part of the official government policy of countries such as New Zealand, but we also talk a lot about what this means for businesses. Finally, we connect the dots between wellbeing, which can be a fluffy concept at times, and the hard world of numbers and statistics. My guest Anat is a data scientist, after all. ResourcesAbout my guestTranscriptSubscribeOther episodesMent.ioDr. Anat Itay-Sarig is an expert on planning and measuring wellbeing, progress, and happiness - particularly incorporating them into strategy and policy for the public, private and third sector. She was the chief scientist and co-founder of BBetter, a data analytics start-up acquired in 2019. She holds a PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and conducted a substantial part of her research in UCL, the University of London. She is teaching at the Government & Sustainability program at the IDC Herzliya, and at the MBA program at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv-Yaffo. She is a consultant to international organisations, NGO's, governments and businesses on how to apply wellbeing prism into their strategies. Anat passionately advocates for using wellbeing indicators to better plan success. Matthias Catón: [00:00:00] Wellbeing is on everybody's minds who doesn't want to be well, healthy and happy. After all, today I'm talking to a real expert in this field, Dr. Anat Itay-Sarig. We will discuss what wellbeing means, why it's more than just the occasional yoga class or a latte macchiato in the morning, and why you as a leader should pay attention to the issue. My name is Matthias Catón and today we will be talking about wellbeing, and I have a great interview guest here today. Her name is Dr. Anat Itay-Sarig. She is an expert on planning and measuring wellbeing, progress, and happiness. Particularly how to incorporate those things into strategy and policy for the public, the private and the third sector. She was the chief scientist and cofounder of be better a data analytics startup that I think recently got sold. She holds a PhD from the Hebrew university of Jerusalem and she has done research. At UCL in London, and she's also teaching right now in the government and sustainability program at IDC in Herzliya in Israel, and also at the MBA program at the academic college of Tel Aviv Jaffo. She's a consultant to international organizations. NGOs governance businesses on how to apply wellbeing into strategy, and she's a passionate advocate for using wellbeing indicators to better plan success. That was a long introduction, but you're doing a lot of things. Welcome to the show, Anat! Anat Itay-Sarig: [00:02:01] Thank you so much. It's such a pleasure to be here. Great. So let's start off with a definition. When we're talking about wellbeing. What exactly do you mean with that? Ah, that's a very good question and a very tricky question as well. I think the main point is that wellbeing differs from being happy, important as it is or from being healthy. Important as that is, or being safe, uh, having proper infrastructure and other aspects of life that we all need to have. I think it's beyond the, what we would like to have. It is an additional layer to that, but I'd say that wellbeing is having what you need in different life domains that every person needs, and also attaining the possibility to prosper. So it's having those basic things that you'd need in life, but also having possibilities to prosper. So it's more than just being healthy. Isn't that how you could say that?
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