Obvious Finding: More Health Behaviors, Better Performance

With my colleague, Martha Chapin, we finished a study and published the results in the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, 34(1), pages 65-75. The findings from the study outlined in the article, “Contributing Factors to Academic Performance for Students with Disabilities”, suggests college support services should focus more on nurturing, supporting, encouraging and reinforcing health promoting actions in the physical, social, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, vocational and environmental areas. The focus on encouraging these behavior was suggested because the more students engaged in these health promoting actions, as measured by the Salutogenic Wellness Promotion Scale (SWPS),  the higher their life satisfaction, grit, and resilience. More SWPS measured health promoting actions was also associated with better performance in college as measured by Grade Point Average (GPA).

Often we think health is secondary, however, engaging in actions that enable health is being shown over and over again to the be the latent, or hidden, underlying cause of desirable outcomes. Engaging in health promoting behaviors is not something you should do when you have time or after being successful, engaging in health promoting actions makes it more likely you are successful, just like Shawn Achor demonstrated in the Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance.

In other words, this study provides more evidence to support the obvious. To get the life we want, it would be beneficial to create pervasive, reciprocal, selfish, selfless, synergistic interactions so everyone and everything benefits. This supports the contention that Practicing Paneugenesis can contribute to generating comprehensive improvements.

Below is the abstract of this published article:

Please share how you are Practicing Paneugenesis by taking action to create the life you want. Thank you.

Be Well’r,

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