LIFELINE

Call 1-800-284-7575

LIFELINE is a voluntary, confidential, FREE, service that provides benefits eligible employees and their dependents with counseling and referral services.  It is an employee benefit sponsored by HealthQuest, the State of Kansas employee health promotion program.

 

Eight Ways to a More Satisfying Life
April 2007

Want to improve your emotional health and lift your level of happiness?  Here are some practical suggestions from the research of University of California psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky.   

1.  Invest Time and Energy in Friends and Family   Where you live, how much money you make, your job title and even your health have surprisingly small effects on your overall satisfaction with life.  The biggest factor appears to be strong personal relationships and support.

2.  Take Care of your Body   Getting plenty of sleep, exercising, stretching, smiling and laughing can all enhance your mood in the short term.  Practiced regularly, they can help make your daily life much more satisfying. 

3.  Develop Strategies for Coping with Stress   There is no avoiding hard times.  Religious faith has been shown to help people cope, but so do the spiritual beliefs enshrined in axioms like “This too shall pass,” and “Time heals all wounds.”  But you have to believe them. 

4.  Count Your Blessings   One way to do this is with a “gratitude journal” in which you write down three to five things for which you are currently thankful—from the mundane (your peonies are in bloom) to the magnificent (a child’s first step).  Do this once a week, say on Sunday night.  Keep it fresh by varying your entries as much as possible.

5.  Practice Acts of Kindness   These should be both random (let that harried mom go ahead of you in the checkout line) and systematic (bring Sunday supper to an elderly neighbor).  Being kind to others whether friends or strangers, triggers a cascade of positive effects.  It makes you feel generous and capable, gives you a greater sense of connection with others and wins you smiles, approval and reciprocated kindness.

6.  Savor Life’s Joys    Pay close attention to momentary pleasures and wonders.  Focus on the sweetness of a ripe strawberry or the warmth of the sun when you step out from the shade.  Some psychologists suggest taking “mental photographs” of pleasurable moments to review in less happy times.

7.  Thank a Mentor   If there’s someone whom you owe a debt of gratitude for guiding you at one of life’s crossroads, don’t wait to express your appreciation and, if possible, in person.

8.  Learn to Forgive   Let go of anger and resentment by writing a letter of forgiveness to a person who has hurt or wronged you.  Inability to forgive is associated with persistent rumination or dwelling on revenge, while forgiving allows you to move on.

 

Summary of CORE LIFELINE Employee Assistance Services

Call LIFELINE 1-800-284-7575 at any time, day or night 7 days a week for help handling life's stresses. State of Kansas benefits eligible employees and their dependent children can receive the following benefits:

1-4 face-to-face sessions (per issue) with an EAP counseling service for a wide variety of problems:

  • Day-to-day stresses
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Major life traumas
  • Problems with co-workers or supervisor
  • Stress due to layoffs or furloughs
  • Marital and family issues
  • Drug and alcohol issues

The following services are also available:

  • Elder care consultations with an elder care specialist
  • Legal consultation with an attorney - one per year
  • Financial consultations with a professional
  • Extended benefit for employees and immediate family members for 6 months after any layoff action.
  • Healthy Life Programs
    • Life Coaching (employee only)
    • Healthy Weight Program (employee and dependents)

Take advantage of this valuable employee benefit. For help with the day-to-day stressors of life, simply call LIFELINE at 1-800-284-7575 any time, day or night 7 days a week. That's all you need to do. Just pick up the phone. Your call with be completely confidential.