Gross Domestic Happiness, the Movement Movement and why you should be a connoisseur of the awful

5-Minute Tip: Pose a question to yourself, go for a walk. Join the Movement Movement that frames fitness, not by how much we exercise, but by how little we move.


“One, surround yourself with people whose eyes light up when they see you coming. Two, slowly is the fastest way to get where you want to be. And three, the top of one mountain is the bottom of the next, so keep climbing.”

André De Shields capped a 50-year acting career by winning his first Tony Award on Sunday at age 73.


Welcome to The 5-Minute Recharge Newsletter that climbs through mountains of words to give you the latest information in wellness.

1. New Zealand has made wellbeing the organizing principle of its national budget. Will other countries follow the Gross Domestic Happiness lead?

2. How do you definite success? 14 rich and powerful people define success in ways other than being rich and powerful.

“I measure success by how many people love me.” ~ Warren Buffett

3. How can you tell if you’re running at full speed along the road to burnout?

“Burnout has three elements: feelings of exhaustion, mental detachment from one’s job and poorer performance at work…” ~ Zaria Gorvett, BBC Capital

4. If you’re noticing the same things everyone else is noticing, how can you have something original to say? In this Hurry Slowly podcast featuring The Art of Noticing author Rob Walker you’ll learn:

  • how to build your attention muscle
  • how doing nothing for 8 months can be productive
  • how being generous with your time can make you feel like you have more time
  • the difference between commuting and cruising
  • why you should be a ‘connoisseur of the awful’

5. Will that palatial home make you happy?

6. In this fantastic mentalist’s guide to being happy, (be sure to watch the BBC Reel Derren Brown video!) you’ll do a thought experiment that will tell you if you really truly want that palatial home, and you’ll learn the secret to truly feeling fine.

7. Laura Vanderkam implores us stop using the word “busy“.

8. In his endearingly profane way, expert f-bomber Mark Manson encourages us to find our purpose.

9. Is getting up a 4am the secret to a productive life or a red carpet for invading organisms?

10. In The 5-Minute Recharge we talk a lot about the power of reflection. Here are some tips from Fast Company on how to do a quick end-of-week review.

11. In all seriousness, comedians Bill Hader and John Mulaney talk about their struggles with anxiety and how they handle it.

12. Happy or meaningful? Which would you choose?