Rosemary Tilley, founder of OptimiseQ

It doesn’t matter how old you are, your gender, your job, or your life circumstance, we are all subject to influences which have the capacity to enhance or detract from wellbeing.

The first step in taking control to improve your current level of wellbeing, is acknowledging that it goes up and down, depending on what is happening to you and those around you.

The next step involves identifying the areas which need attention and then experimenting with possible improvement strategies.

Optimise is dedicated to increasing your knowledge and motivation to make a positive difference in your own life, by providing you with information, tips and tools.

Living and working in the twenty-first century is affected by many factors-
some old and some new.

This diagram highlights some of the factors which are known to have an impact
on well-being, and which are increasing in seriousness.

The challenge for all of us is to work out what can be done at an individual,
organisational and societal level to mitigate their effects by being able to
access a wide range of relevant information.


Individual wellbeing is affected by 5 separate but inter-linked Dimensions, where each has the capacity to affect any or all of the others.

Optimising your wellbeing involves understanding the elements in each Dimension; measuring them; and then devising a plan to make a positive difference.

Even small changes can lead to great outcomes.



Most people operate their lives within three contexts- at home, at work and in society.

Each context exhibits different characteristics which can contribute either positively or negatively to wellbeing.

In order to optimise our ability to get the best out of all three environments, we need to first identify and assess the influencing factors, and then decide how to improve the current levels.


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