The Joy of Well-Being

A Practical Guide to a Happy, Healthy, and Long Life


By Colleen Wachob

By Jason Wachob

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In this empowering and accessible collection of health and wellness advice, the co-founders of mindbodygreen challenge our definition of self-improvement by revealing what a healthy lifestyle looks like at the fundamental level—and how it’s not what we think. 

On your journey toward a more health-conscious life, you’ve likely been bombarded by an overwhelming amount of information—from the Kardashian-like wellness influencers who (unrealistically) insist upon sustainably sourced Epsom salt baths every night, to the elite longevity optimizers who measure their lactate levels after a workout. The echo chamber of the internet, and social media algorithms that favor polarizing opinions to drive views and engagement, have hijacked our understanding of health. No matter which corner of the wellness world you inhabit, our social feeds are filled with advice that presumes we all have the same amount of time, money, and resources. In this saturated landscape, how can you avoid the potential scams and dodge the doctors-turned-celebrities to find what really works for you?

Over the past decade, Colleen and Jason Wachob, co-founders of mindbodygreen, have cultivated a leading wellness lifestyle media brand for everyone seeking to cut through this noise, and live a happier, healthier, and greener lifestyle. The Joy of Well-Being is a distillation of almost fifteen years of this experience on the forefront of the well-being conversation: they’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to. The book explores the spectrum of well-being, from how we breathe to how we love, including: 
  • Why sleep should be considered a vital sign
  • Why you shouldn’t trick your body with food
  • How to overcome the motivation problem and move more
  • The importance of relationships for longevity
…and so much more.

The Wachobs are a product of their mentors and years of working with hundreds of the world’s most brilliant well-being minds, PhDs, MDs, therapists, movement specialists, spiritual leaders, and journalists. They’ve developed ways to discern meaningful points of information amidst the chaos, an act they consider both a science and an art. The Joy of Well-Being is more than a book, it’s a reawakening, marking a crucial shift away from the do-this-then-do-that paradigm, to cultivating a joyful lifestyle that centers each individual, and their own health and happiness. True well-being isn’t something you chase, it is something you weave together, as each new day presents an opportunity to make choices that support feeling good in your body, in your relationships, and in your life.


Introduction: We All Deserve the Joy of Well-Being

How do you know when it’s time to change your life? Sometimes the realization is simply the slow accumulation of nagging voices inside your head. Sometimes that knowledge lands all at once, like a cosmic kick in the butt. Before mindbodygreen officially launched in 2009, we thought we were doing pretty okay. We were both deeply ensconced in the rise-and-grind lifestyle of early thirtysomethings with high-pressure jobs. Colleen had been working for years as an apparel executive for corporations like Gap, Walmart, and Amazon. Jason was flying one hundred thousand miles a year for business, often forgetting which time zone he was in, and constantly glued to his laptop. We worked hard, we packed intense workouts into our schedules when we could, we dabbled with trendy diets, and then… our bodies gave out.

Jason suffered debilitating sciatic back pain that made it difficult to walk, and then Colleen experienced a terrifying pulmonary embolism that took six months to recover from. These experiences spun us out and turned our world upside down. Before our bodies stopped us in our tracks, we thought we were doing pretty well, compared to other people we knew. Colleen went on multiple five-mile runs a week, and Jason would go to the gym for hours at a time. We knew we could do a little better in the eating department—Jason actually had his picture up on the wall at the Palm steakhouse in Midtown Manhattan, next to those of Adam Sandler and Joe Namath, to commemorate his loyal patronage. Colleen enjoyed happy-hour drinks with her co-workers and friends most evenings. But during the week we always ate salad for lunch, so we figured it would come out in the wash, right? Not exactly.

It turns out that the grain-fed steak and sugar-laden margaritas weren’t great for us, but the bigger problems were chronic stress and depletion. It’s something that sneaks up on all of us at one time or another and can linger quietly for years, chipping away at sleep and energy levels, not to mention our overall well-being. Then, of course, there was the misalignment of our values and our jobs. Neither of us was sufficiently challenged or passionate enough about what we were doing in our working lives to feel that we were being fulfilled emotionally. More often than not we found ourselves doing what we thought we “should” do, instead of what we really wanted to do or what felt good for our bodies. But the body is wise. And it doesn’t forget, even if we are in denial about what we are doing to it. Years and years of stress, dissatisfaction, and pressure don’t dissipate—they accumulate. Sooner or later, your body demands your attention. Jason’s body literally laid him out flat on the ground, not allowing him to move. Colleen’s body landed her in a hospital bed, attended to by some very alarmed doctors who also wouldn’t let her move. Eventually, we healed ourselves and changed our lives. But we had a lot to learn first.

Our bodies demanded we pay attention to well-being, and soon we learned that health and happiness are a virtuous circle. Your mental and emotional well-being drives your physical well-being and vice versa. Frequent margaritas and steaks might make us happy, but they don’t make us healthy. Boutique fitness classes might make us healthy, but now, with two young children at home, contorting our schedules and blowing up our sleep just to fit it all in would definitely not make us happy. It’s hard to make room for joy when you can barely keep your eyes open. When we first started on our well-being journey, we were shocked by the lack of clear-cut information about how to live a healthier life in a sustainable, low-cost way—so shocked, in fact, that we eventually decided to turn our quest for science-backed, holistic health and wellness information into a company that curates exactly that. That’s how we started mindbodygreen. We figured that there were probably plenty of people out there like us who just wanted to feel better, people short on time who wanted a happier, healthier, and more joyful life but were not sure where to start.

We realized very quickly that we were not alone in our confusion. The current landscape of health and wellness, like many parts of our society, is full of discord. It’s no wonder that so many of us are lost and overwhelmed when it comes to how to feel better in our lives. Fitness trends and nutrition brands are marketed to us like cultural identities. Are you keto or vegan? Do you fast intermittently or are you an intuitive eater? Have you tried the TikTok chlorophyll trend, or do you believe it’s a scam? Is fruit hijacking your blood sugar, or is gluten the real culprit? Should you do F45 or sign up for Orangetheory Fitness? We are unable to reach consensus on a variety of hot-button health topics from the safety of sun exposure to optimal levels of protein intake, to whether you should salt your food, to whether you should avoid mouthwash (yes, that’s a debate). Social media algorithms inadvertently encourage medical professionals who are on these platforms to have strong, polarizing points of view, because this approach will garner more views and engagement and enable more doctors to become “doc stars.”

We all want to be happier and healthier, even if we can’t agree on how to get there, and that desire, that need is more important than ever. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have all had experiences navigating helplessness, confusion, and conflicting information about our health. We have lived through a collective trauma and are left to process it on increasingly depleted energy reserves. Skyrocketing rates of anxiety, long COVID, and health fallout from years of chronic stress are all now piled upon the increasing rates of chronic illness, heart disease, diabetes, and mental illness that were there before the coronavirus upended our lives. Getting back to a baseline of health and happiness has never been more critical, and it has never felt more challenging.

Because crisis often amplifies what is already wrong in the world, we know that the hardship of the last few years has only deepened existing inequalities in health, stability, and well-being. The massive differences between our needs, our access, and our life circumstances have become more obvious than ever. And yet, we still find ourselves faced with advice that presumes we all have the same amount of time, money, and energy. In the current world of health and wellness, it can often seem like the brass ring of a happy, healthy, and long life is only for the people who have surplus of resources. The echo chamber of the internet and influencers have hijacked the concept of self-care. We feel like we are losing the self-care game if we aren’t taking a nightly bath with sustainably sourced Epsom salts and keeping up with our daily gratitude journaling. Our social feeds have images of Kardashian-level wellness, filled with lymphatic drainage treatments, expensive vegan meal delivery, and workouts for a perkier posterior. In another corner of the wellness world are the elite longevity optimizers who are measuring their lactate after workouts and calculating their VO2 max in a laboratory and wearing a continuous glucose monitoring device. These people offer great scientific insight, but at the same time they are bringing a technical intensity and rigidity to exercise and eating that sucks the fun right out of it.

We’ve got to face it: the internet does not get us closer to the work of understanding what will truly nurture our bodies and minds, nor does it help us understand what matters most in life. Some of us are hanging by a thread, others are taking it day by day, and many of us find ourselves in the position of making halting progress at best. We take a few steps forward; we take a few steps backward. Sometimes we have a hard time putting one foot in front of the other. We get on and off the wellness path, but we don’t know for sure where it’s even leading us.

The Joy of Well-Being is the title of this book, but we hope it’s also a reawakening. We want you to look at your health and happiness through a completely different lens: well-being. It’s a mindset shift that has the potential to change how you feel in your body, in your relationships, and in your life.

Wellness is about optimization and outcome. Well-being is about joy and journey.

You can dial in your VO2 max, eliminate gluten, and stabilize your blood sugar all you want, but if your relationships are in shambles and you can’t remember the last time you laughed, none of that matters. Better to go to a dance class, make some friends, and go out afterward for an old-fashioned full-fat ice cream. If you stress yourself out by spending too much time, money, and emotional energy trying to do everything you “should” do to be healthy or happy, it actually has the opposite effect. Your health will suffer right along with your quality of life. And that life is a long and winding road. When we reach for wellness, we’re sprinting for goalposts, as if hitting a certain number on the scale or logging the right number of hours at the gym will unlock everlasting happiness. Life isn’t about hitting your marks or avoiding pain and challenge. It’s about engaging fully with all of your experiences and cultivating the small moments of joy along the way that bring the resilience we need to thrive through the struggle.

Using the word well-being instead of wellness is not just about swapping out one word for another. It is a fundamental frame shift that can reveal what’s truly possible. Well-being is a state of being comfortable, healthy, and happy. It is not something we chase; it is something we weave together, day by day. Each day it looks different, asks something new of us, and provides fresh opportunities to find joy. Each person is the foundation of their own well-being. So, we must sit down, set our intentions, and try like hell to nourish ourselves in ways that support our bodies and sing to our souls. When we embrace the joy of well-being as our North Star, the cacophony of expert opinions dies away, the obsession with biometric data calms down, the confusion evaporates, and you are left with the only question that matters: will this next step support my health and bring me joy?

Of course, some steps are better than others. Some choices are wiser, more likely to bring you closer to well-being. After over a decade in the health space, we know that feeling better is easier to achieve than most people think, but we also know that there is a lot of noise out there. Which is why we are writing this book. Our goal is to provide you with the raw material you need to weave well-being instead of chase wellness, and to navigate the noise and integrate the goodness. Through our work at mindbodygreen, we have had the privilege of curating and sharing the best advice from all the most brilliant minds in holistic, science-based health. We are the product of our mentors—hundreds of the world’s most brilliant well-being minds, PhDs, MDs, LAcs, therapists, movement specialists, spiritual leaders, and journalists. We’ve learned that doctors are people too (even though some have a God complex), and sometimes they can be driven to have a strong point of view and engage in tribalism to leverage social media algorithms or sell a book. Over the years we’ve developed a strong set of internal BS screeners that help us blend sources of information and listen for meaningful points of overlap in the chaos. We consider this act of discernment both an art and a science. This book is a distillation of almost fifteen years of experience on the forefront of the well-being conversation. In other words, we’ve done the legwork so you don’t have to.

While this book won’t tell you what adaptogen-laden beverage to buy at Erewhon, it will help you navigate the notoriously tricky wellness space by providing research-backed, agenda-free wisdom in fundamental areas of well-being: breath, sleep, nutrition, movement, stress, regeneration, social connection, and purpose. The first chapter of the book will explore what true well-being looks like, the challenges we face, and the mindsets we need to cultivate in order to live our best lives. The rest of the book dives into the heart of the matter and reveals how you can start feeling better, right now. We like to think about the subjects of the core eight chapters as intentions as much as practices—in fact, we’ll use the words interchangeably throughout the book. Why? Because well-being is both ongoing choice and discrete actions. Intentions help you get into the mindset of meeting your commitment to well-being with determination and flexibility, every day. Likewise, we use the word practice because you must do the thing you set out to do, again and again, improving and reflecting on the process over time. Intentions help you see the big picture. Practices ground you in the moment.

Consider the following intentions:

I will use my breath wisely.

I will aim for deeper, more restful sleep.

I will eat real food.

I will move my body.

I will teach my body resilience to stress.

I will be a regenerative force in the world.

I will cultivate meaningful connection.

I will seek my purpose.

Each of these is important, useful, and potentially life-changing. The first five intentions focus on the changes we can make as individuals (breath, sleep, food, movement, resilience), and the last three concern our place in the world and our relationships with others (regeneration, connection, and purpose). Each of the practices we share to help you fulfill your intentions meet three criteria—they are easily accessible to everyone, they are science-backed, and they offer the possibility of joy. If it doesn’t hit all three, it’s not in the book. It’s as simple as that.

No matter what intention or practice you are working on, we will teach you how to integrate these changes in a way that works for your life and brings you joy. Because health and happiness are so deeply connected, in the long term, you can’t succeed at one without the other. Leave out the joy and you won’t be happy, and then those new healthy habits? Kiss them goodbye. We have seen it over and over again in listening to thousands of people talk about their own struggles and journeys. People who are physically fit but can’t sleep at night because of anxiety. People who are disciplined about their diet but lack meaning in life. People who are thriving at work but lack real connections with humans. By now we know that the all-or-nothing, “Try this! And this! And this!” approach to health and happiness doesn’t work. Worse? It’s exhausting. The opposite of joyful.

Choosing to support your well-being every day is far from impossible; moving the needle on all the markers of health is not hard when you have solid information, listen to your body, and use joy as a barometer for bringing new habits into your life. For some people, that might be by simply walking up a hill to work every day, and for others, it might be a yoga nidra class before bedtime. The secret is to develop the ability to listen to your body and be intentional about incorporating well-being into your life. These choices add up over time to improve your well-being status and become the lifestyle design elements that will change your life. By wisely weaving healthier habits and behaviors into your day, you can get to 80 percent of your maximum well-being—we promise. And we’re talking about minutes a day, not hours, and all that’s asked of you is integrating small moves that give you the biggest possible return on your investment.

But before you can do any of that, you have to take control. We call it being the CEO of your own health. Through a series of health issues that fell outside the ability of Western medicine to heal and alternative medicine to grasp, we have learned the importance of advocating for ourselves. There’s nothing worse than suffering and relying on professional help that ultimately does more harm than good. You have to know yourself, be able to call bullshit, and listen to your intuition. The best place to begin is by figuring out what gives you joy, how you feel in your body now, and how you want to feel tomorrow and next week, and when you are seventy-five years old. These questions are fundamental to well-being, ones we will come back to again and again in this book.

Whatever you are bringing to the table in terms of time, energy, and money, this book will help you feel better by working with what you already have, from where you already are. It will prompt you to ask the questions that will help identify your growth edges: Where could you bring more attention to your health? What doors to joy could be unlocked? We also want you to dream big: How do you want to feel in your body in ten, twenty, thirty years? If you are twenty-five or over, it’s probably time to start laying the foundation for sustainable well-being. We have both experienced the power of taking control of your own health and happiness, and we can’t wait to share what we’ve learned with you.

Ultimately, when life is going fine, you don’t invite radical change into your world, even though it might be exactly what you need. But when there are truly terrifying circumstances afoot, radical life change becomes a necessity. Our hope for you is that you don’t have to wait until there’s an emergency to make changes in your life. It’s time for us all to recognize the stakes of well-being. Health and happiness are not frivolous nice-to-haves; they are essential to making the most of our time on earth. We all deserve the joy of well-being.

Chapter One

What Well-Being Looks Like

Our time on this beautiful blue and green orb is full of difficulties, but if you live in the Barbagia region of Sardinia, Italy, and your name is Giuseppe, living a long, healthy life is not one of them.

For most of his life, Giuseppe lived much as his ancestors had for thousands of years. In this hardscrabble mountainous region of central Sardinia, the traditional way of life—farming and sheep herding, living in multigenerational homes, and matching daily routines with the seasons—has not changed very much. For most of his 102 years Giuseppe spent his days tilling the earth or herding sheep. He’d break for lunch and grab a nap before heading to the town square for a few hours to spend time with his friends, sharing wine and sardonic jokes in the soft afternoon light. Before the sun went down, he’d head back to the fields and work until it got dark. His wife would cook dinner for Giuseppe and their family, usually fava beans, hard cheese, and homemade bread. He’d drink at least a bottle of Sardinian wine a day, and when it was festival time, Giuseppe was reported to be a real party animal. As he got older Giuseppe slowed down, spending more time sitting and less time with the sheep. He lived with his daughter Maria and her family, who took good care of him, though he was expected to contribute to the household, doing chores and helping with childcare. He was surrounded by his grandchildren, engaged with their upbringing, and felt a sense of purpose and connection.1

When our friend Dan Buettner, a writer and researcher, went to interview the centenarians of Sardinia in 2004 for his bestselling book The Blue Zones, he talked to many people like Giuseppe who seemed to have found the secret to health, happiness, and longevity. Their lives weren’t easy—just try tilling a field for twelve hours a day—but they were full of movement, purpose, family, and good, simple food. There was wine, there was laughter ringing off the cobblestones in the narrow village streets, and there was often a long climb back up to whitewashed houses hanging on a hill. Most centenarians were free of heart disease and cancer, and remained cognitively clear throughout their lives. When they died, they were often surrounded by family in the houses where they raised their children. No one’s life is perfect, but the centenarians in Buettner’s book found theirs to be full of meaning and good health. And it was as simple as moving every day, eating the foods that their families had been making for generations, sleeping with the sun, and regularly gathering with lifelong friends.

The research in The Blue Zones revealed that the keys to the good life were not held by Sardinians alone, but in fact were shared by multiple zones in disparate parts of the globe. These Blue Zones include Ikaria, Greece; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; and Nicoya, Costa Rica. When you look closely at the stories of centenarians in these places, patterns in culture, cuisine, and behavior emerge. Buettner’s work for the last two decades has been about mining the longevity lessons that can be found across Blue Zones. What these folks can teach us about avoiding disease, relating to one another, eating healthfully, and living with purpose is immense, and we will touch on Buettner’s findings throughout this book.

But to us, what is most shocking about Dan’s research is not the data—it’s how it made us feel when we first read it.

Our first reaction was a little bit of grief and a nagging feeling that that is how life should be, that is well-being. This was followed quickly by a desire to sell all our belongings and move our family to a mountaintop in Italy.

It’s safe to say that for most of us, the lives of the Blue Zone centenarians do sound a lot like fantasy, or at least life from a bygone era: rising with the sun, working with your hands toward a tangible result (Meat you can eat! Wool you can sell!), eating fish that you caught, drinking wine that your cousin made, playing games in the twilight with your grandchildren as the neighbors play music, and then crawling into bed for a restful eight to ten hours of sleep.

It’s not just the locales that make this description feel so dreamy (though they are); it’s the whole package—the low-stress life of eating good food, working hard, and making merry. To many of us, that kind of life feels utterly out of reach.

And friends, that is the problem.


It says a lot about our reality that the pace of our lives, the quality of what we put into our bodies, and the rhythms of our social connection are so vastly different from those of the healthiest people on earth. It’s shocking that for most people living in the United States, one of the richest countries in the world, that what it really takes to be happy and healthy seems so beyond reach. After all, while some of us might want to quit our lives and move to a Blue Zone, that isn’t a possibility for most of us, and for many of us it’s not a solution—we want to keep our current lives, just be a little bit happier and healthier in them.

Often, bridging the divide between the ideal and the real can feel impossible. Many of us live in densely populated cities, rarely interact with neighbors, and find it hard to integrate community into our lives. Others live in rural or suburban areas that are physically distant from extended family and friend groups. Regardless of our geography, we are mostly sedentary creatures, sitting at our desks for eight hours a day under artificial lights. Our front stoops and backyards are not spontaneous meeting places for members of the community—they are highly private spaces that may be safe but often feel lonely. We work long hours at stressful jobs, counting down the days until the weekend. Even though we might not love our jobs, we need them to pay for the many aspects of our lives—food, housing, medical bills. At night, we’re exhausted, but we scramble to make dinner that seems “healthy” according to all the media we consume telling us what’s good for us and what isn’t. We get through the day, sometimes without being present or experiencing joy. Our commitment to our phones brings us more loneliness and stress than connection. We struggle to fall asleep, because our brains are already buzzing with tomorrow’s to-do list, and we inevitably wake up feeling behind.

That is life in this modern world.

It’s what we have to work with, and compared to the sun-soaked agrarian Mediterranean lifestyle, it does not always feel like we’re living our best lives. And sometimes that’s okay, and sometimes it just makes us sick and sad.

People who live in the Blue Zones are not more virtuous, they don’t have more grit, and they are not genetically superior. But they did win the geographic lottery. They were born into a culture and environment that was intrinsically supportive of health and happiness. The rhythm and shape of life in the Blue Zones just happens to match up with what the human body and spirit need to live a long, healthy life. We need access to healthy food, we need to move our bodies regularly, we need real-life social connection, and we need our lives to be full of ease and sleep, not full of stress. And yet so many of us are not getting these needs met. This is the state of well-being for millions of us.

We Are Not Breathing Properly.

Despite the fact that our bodies were designed to breathe primarily through our noses, half of the population is breathing habitually through their mouths, which has real consequences for our sleep, not to mention our respiratory and dental health.2 According to James Nestor, author of Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, “Ninety percent of children have acquired some degree of deformity in their mouths and noses. Forty-five percent of adults snore occasionally, and a quarter of the population snores constantly.”3

We Are in the Midst of a Sleep Crisis.

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about one-third of the population is getting insufficient sleep, which is correlated to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and depression.4 This is probably why the CDC and other sleep experts have called sleep deprivation in the US a public health epidemic.5


  • “A simple, inspiring guide to minding your mind, body, and spirit.” —Deepak Chopra, MD, Spiritual Icon, New York Times Bestselling author
  • “Invite the Wachobs to guide you along the path to joy and well-being. They’re with you as you read, anticipating and answering your questions because they live on the deeply human level—taking you through their own personal and powerful journey to health. Cutting through the noise, Jason and Colleen share expert, evidenced-based input to inform each step toward wellness.”—Lisa Miller, Ph.D., Author of New York Times bestsellers The Spiritual Child and The Awakened Brain; Professor and Founder, Spirituality Mind Body Institute, Columbia University
  • “There’s so much information about health and wellness—how do you know what’s right? In The Joy of Well-Being, the Wachobs have done the work so you don’t have to.” —Mark Hyman, MD, Senior Advisor to the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, New York Times Bestselling author of Young Forever
  • “In The Joy of Well-Being, Colleen and Jason Wachob deliver the answers to timeless questions around health, happiness, and longevity that are revealed through their work with mindbodygreen. This book is a blueprint for how to use their knowledge to optimize your mental and physical well-being.”—William W. Li, MD, NYT Times Bestselling author of Eat to Beat Your Diet and Eat to Beat Disease
  • “No overly complicated plans or routines. No extreme diets or fads. The Joy of Well-Being is a much-needed mindset shift towards prioritizing a way of living you actually enjoy.” —Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and #1 New York Times Bestselling author of the Blue Zones
  • "Jason and Colleen’s passion for helping people improve their wellbeing and live their best life is strongly evident in their new book, which clearly shows how joy and happiness is a key component of the well-being equation.”—Caroline Leaf, PhD, Clinical neuroscientist and best-selling author
  • “Through mindbodygreen, the Wachobs have had unparalleled access to leading experts and information in the wellness world. In The Joy of Well-Being, they break it all down for you in a simplified way, so you don’t have to.” —Frank Lipman, MD, NY Times Bestselling author
  • "Jason and Colleen’s take on wellness is filled with crucial insight into just how meaningful small, daily choices can be. It’s a guide to living well, without the rigidity and dogmatism we’re made to believe is necessary for a life well lived."—Naomi Watts, Oscar Nominated Actress and Founder of Stripes
  • “Written with understanding and warmth, the Wachobs know how challenging it can be to live well in a time of information overload. Their solution has crucial insight: we can use small but meaningful daily choices to make ourselves happier and healthier” —Amy Shah, MD, Double Board Certified MD & Bestselling author of I'm So Effing Hungry
  • “Colleen and Jason Wachob offer a new, highly accessible approach to achieving health and happiness.”—Bobbi Brown, Entrepreneur and Founder of Jones Road Beauty
  • The Joy of Well-Being is a fantastic guide for anyone looking to optimize their health routine without wasting their time or resources.”—Troy Aikman, Pro Football Hall of Fame Quarterback, Founder of EIGHT Beer
  • “Deeply practical, The Joy of Well-Being cuts through the noise, and provides the tools and information needed to redefine your own sense of what it means to live well.”—Sara Gottfried MD, New York Times Bestselling author of The Hormone Cure
  • "Achieving well-being and deeply enjoying our life experience absolutely should not be looked upon as a labor. Colleen and Jason Wachob lovingly provide the tools to enable each of us the opportunity to fill our sails with joy and contentment as we pursue these sought after and at times elusive goals."
     —David Perlmutter, MD, FACN, Author, #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, and Drop Acid
  • “What I love about The Joy of Well-Being is that it meets you where you are. The Wachobs know that well-being will look different for everyone, and the beauty of this book is that it doesn’t just accept this fact, it encourages it.” —Maya Feller MS, RD, CDN and author of Eating from Our Roots
  • “An important resource for anyone who is frustrated with the current wellness world, and the overwhelming amount of information offered as a solution. The Joy of Well-Being will simplify your health journey, and what it means to be happy. What the Wachobs provide to the space is unparalleled.”—Gabrielle Lyon, DO, Founder, Institute of Muscle Centric Medicine®
  • "I'm so excited that Jason and Colleen have pulled together their decades of experiences, having created one of the world's most influential wellness platforms, into a concise, smart guide of inspiring solutions to fuel everyone's quest for optimal, joyful health! The Joy of Well-Being is an amazing resource with the ultimate mindset shift that the world needs right now."—Vincent Pedre, MD, "America's Gut Doctor," author of The GutSMART Protocol
  • "If you are tired of happiness “hacks” and are ready to do the work to improve your life satisfaction, The Joy of Well-Being was written for you. Colleen and Jason Wachob distill a wealth of science into a delightful guide we all can follow."—Arthur C. Brooks, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School, and #1 New York Times bestselling author
  • "Joy is what we all want. I have seen some of the world’s most famous people, and uniformly they want more joy, as fame and the current American lifestyle has robbed them of it. If you want to feel more joy, more vibrancy, and more energy read The Joy of Well-Being by Colleen and Jason Wachob, who have dedicated their lives to sharing this powerful message."—Daniel G. Amen, MD Founder, Amen Clinics and author of Change Your Brain Every Day

On Sale
May 23, 2023
Page Count
304 pages

Colleen Wachob

About the Author

Colleen Wachob is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at mindbodygreen, the leading independent media brand dedicated to well-being with 15 million monthly unique visitors.. She lives in Miami, Florida with her husband, mbg Founder and Co-CEO Jason Wachob and their two girls, Ellie and Grace. She graduated from Stanford University, with degrees in international relations and Spanish. She spent 10 years working at Fortune 500 companies including Gap, Walmart, and Amazon before devoting her life’s work to mindbodygreen.  Colleen has been a speaker at Fortune 500 companies and numerous trade conferences on well-being trends. Her new passion that brings her joy is pickleball. You can find her on instagram at @colleenwachob.
Jason Wachob is the Founder and Co-CEO of mindbodygreen, the leading independent media brand dedicated to well-being with 15 million monthly unique visitors. He is also the host of the popular mindbodygreen podcast and the bestselling author of Wellth: How I Learned to Build a Life, Not a Resume. He has been featured in the New York Times, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fast Company, Business Insider, BoF, and Vogue, and has a B.A. in history from Columbia University, where he played varsity basketball for four years. He lives with his wife, Co-Founder and Co-CEO Colleen in Miami with their daughters, Ellie and Grace. In his spare time he loves walking to get hot black coffee. You can find him on instagram at @jasonwachob.

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Jason Wachob

About the Author

Jason Wachob is the Founder and Co-CEO of mindbodygreen and the author of WellthHe has been featured in the New York TimesEntrepreneurFast Company, and Vogueand has a B.A. in history from Columbia University, where he played varsity basketball for four years.

Colleen Wachob is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in international relations and Spanish, and spent 10 years working at Fortune 500 companies including Gap, Walmart, and Amazon.

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