We are experiencing an epidemic of depression; it is our nation’s most expensive health condition. Employees are seriously frustrated at work. The goal of the Wonderful Life Project is to reduce distress and, instead, see enhancements in the sense of well-being of the members of our community by providing as many people as possible with the skills they need to deal with life’s curveballs. The Wonderful Life Project was developed as a community building and health effort with the intent to improve the skills needed to minimize the risk of developing depression, anxiety, stress and alienation at work; enhancing the well being of people within Grand Island. This Project has developed a methodology that can be used in Grand Island and elsewhere to benefit the greatest number of people possible.
The founder of the Wonderful Life Project is Lee Elliot of Grand Island. Initially, Lee was trying to find ways to reduce turnover while he was employed at St. Francis Medical Center, finding ways for employees to be happy at work and enjoy their lives more. In January of 2012, he formed the Wonderful Life Project as a community project to help reduce conflicts and grudges while increasing happiness in participants’ everyday lives. Many trainings are available, including monthly meetings at the Public Library and one-on-one trainings. Training covers many topics, including: forgiveness, trust, positive emotions, resilience, stress management, managing profound change, psychology of good and evil, fulfillment, and life planning. Benefits for participants include increased happiness, higher quality relationships, greater integrity, greater sense of peace, less stress, lower blood pressure, less depression and an overall increased satisfaction with life.
In an effort to reach more people with this life-changing training, Dave & Linda Lundholm have expressed a desire to offer free trainings to anyone associated with UM4GI. This meeting will be held on January 22nd at First UMC at 7:00 p.m. and is free of charge. Bring a friend, learn more about the Project and make plans to get involved! (Purchasing a book used throughout the trainings is encouraged).