5 Ways to Find Wellness Products That Really Work
Did you know that some wellness products work better than others? Discover why some wellness products change your life and others don't.
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I make high-impact wellness products for a living. I've helped companies make amazing products and I've made some wellness products of my own. So I've seen it all. And these days, there are so many wellness products to choose from. How are you supposed to know what works and what doesn't? I'm going to tell you. Here are some tips to help you find which wellness products are likely to work for you and which one's aren't.
Here's what to look for:
1. Find wellness products that start you in the right place.
It was my last year in university and I needed to take either physics or chemistry to graduate. I was super nervous because I didn't take either of these courses in high-school. But, I signed up for Physics, and after a 1 week I was totally lost.
I read the text book, went to office hours and joined a study group. In the end, I just barely passed the class. Without learning those foundational physics skills in high-school, learning these advanced physics skills was extremely hard.
But this shouldn't surprise you. I started in the wrong place. This is why advanced courses require that you take prerequisites! They need to make sure you know the basics. When you don’t know the basics, you have a really hard time learning what you're being taught.
Now let me ask you this. Do you know the basic things that contribute to wellness? How many wellness products like apps, online courses, or books ask you where you're at? Some do. Some don't. If you’ve worked your butt off trying to learn some new thing, and still failed, you might have started at the wrong place.
If this was the case, you were destined to have a tough time, just like I did in physics. This is why in our happiness program, we start from the beginning.You start off on the right foot and can be more successful as a result.
2. Find wellness products that fit you
If you already “think positive” or do mindfulness or exercise, and you still want to boost your wellness, you might need to re-evaluate whether what you are doing fits you. Because even if you do things that make you well, you're not likely to stick to it for long if you don’t actually enjoy practicing these skills.
Think of it this way. Let’s say you want to be a musician. I keep telling you that the only way that you can be a musician is by playing the violin. So you do it. But you really hate playing the violin, so you are bored and unsatisfied. You eventually give up, because, well… it's not what you want to be doing. Why would you continue doing something you hate?
Well, the same goes for the practices that lead to wellness. There are a bunch of ways to boost your wellness and you can choose what fits you. You see this in the exercise industry, which is a bit ahead of the happiness industry. They’ll often tell you to do exercises that you enjoy. Doing weight training might be better for your health than Zumba, but doing anything is better than doing nothing. So do Zumba if that's what fits you.
I'm a wellness product developer, but I'll be honest. I hate doing yoga. Ya, it's good for you. But I can actually get myself to the gym if I do kickboxing instead. If you look for wellness products that you enjoy you'll make a lot more progress.
This is why in my happiness program, I teach you tons of different happiness skills. Then you can do what you want!
3. Find wellness products that include variety
The majority of wellness products focus on teaching you just one thing. What do I mean by this? Well, you’ll see books on exercise, or nutrition, or happiness. Each book is helpful, but when you learn only one type of wellness skill, you'll inevitably miss out on things that boost your wellness.
Think of it this way. Let’s say you want to build a fence, but you only have a screwdriver. Can you build the fence? No. What if I give you a bunch of screwdrivers? Now can you build the fence? Nope. What if I gave you a diverse set of tools – like a mallet screw driver, and measuring tape? You'll have an easier time building a fence.
When it comes to wellness, people make better progress when they have a variety of different tools. This is why I always try to create wellness products that are as broad as possible.
4. Find wellness products that fit into your lifestyle
We are all busy. But the reality is that it does take time to boost your wellness. So the majority of wellness products – including many that I’ve been hired to make – require that you spend a large amount of time using them. And that’s a problem because our time is already stretched tight.
So, find wellness products that fit into your lifestyle. For example, some products I made – The Emotion Magnet Set and the Emotion Cards – consist of a set of pictures with a cartoon puppy expressing different emotions. Children learn to recognize emotions in a fun way (a key to developing strong social skills) every time they see the magnets or cards put up around the house. But these kids don’t need to take even one minute of time out of their day to learn these skills. They learn effortlessly - because the wellness product is inserted into their lifestyle.
This is why our happiness program teaches you how to fit wellness into your lifestyle.
5. Find wellness products that help you boost wellness together
With all these new happiness apps, and products, and online courses, you'd think we'd all be happier and healthier. But we're not. The research suggests that we might be getting less well. So what's going on?
I fear that we've forgotten something key: we need to build wellness together. If we spend all our time pursuing wellness alone, we're probably doing some harm, because we need to be with other people. By finding ways to practice happiness together, the whole process becomes so much easier and more fun.
Want to discover wellness products that really work? Then check out our store - where all products are based on the science of well-being.
About Dr. Tchiki Davis
Dr. Davis is founder of The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. After getting her PhD in psychology at Berkeley, she started creating online content & programs to boost well-being—some of these have reached more than a million people. As author of Outsmart Your Smartphone, and contributor to Psychology Today, The Greater Good Science Center, and Shine Text, Dr. Davis aims to share her insights on happiness & health with people all across the world. Learn more about Dr. Davis.