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People Who Matter: Well-Being Practice

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This Week, Think About the People Who Matter

Simple Instructions:

  1. Each day, write down one person in your life who is important to you.
  2. Then write down why this is person important — what does this person mean to you, what is added to your life, and how does this person bring you joy or value?
  3. If you are so inspired, send your thoughts to this person, but it’s not required.

Watch this video for an explanation of this Well-Being Practice from Whole Life Challenge co-founders Andy Petranek and Michael Stanwyck.

Why Is This Practice Important?

People, man. It can get so complicated. They can contribute and frustrate, bring us joy and drive us crazy, soothe us and make us furious. There is no one way that people are, and we can be quick to forget how good they can be.

This doesn’t just happen when we’re at odds, either. We can get so wrapped up in whatever is in front of us that we take the good stuff for granted — and often some of the best things in our lives are people.

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It can be so easy to forget how good we really have things when it comes to the people around us. In truth, there is rarely a person who has no good qualities. You might forget these qualities in the hustle and bustle of life or amid other frustrations, but that doesn’t mean they’re not there.

Reminding yourself how good the people around you are is not only good for them, it’s good for you. It gives you an opportunity to see the support you have, the resources you have, and the uniquely amazing qualities each person has to offer. And in looking for the “good,” you might actually find out that no one ever has to drive you crazy ever again.

This week, we’re practicing remembering why the people in our lives are in our lives and spelling out our gratitude for them.

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Michael Stanwyck
Michael Stanwyck is the co-founder of The Whole Life Challenge, an idea that developed during his seven years as a coach and gym manager at CrossFit Los Angeles.

He graduated from UCLA with a BA in philosophy as well as a degree from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, and feels food is one of the most important parts of a life - it can nourish, heal, and bring people together.

Michael believes health and well-being are as much a state of mind as they are a state of the body, and when it comes to fitness, food, and life in general, he thinks slow is much better than fast (most of the time). Stopping regularly to examine things is the surest way to put down roots and grow.

He knows he will never be done with his own work, and believes the best thing you can do for your well-being starts with loving and working from what you’ve got right now.