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The Happy, Healthy Nonprofit by Vu Le, Aliza Sherman, Beth Kanter

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Chapter 3 The Assessments: Change Your Habits, Make a Self-Care Plan

Cartoon shows a man saying “I believe ‘snapped self-assessment quiz clipboard in half with bare hands’ is a 3.8 on the Scacella-Turgemeyer Stress Scale” while observing another man breaking a clipboard.

Self-Assessment Is the First Step

Honest and thoughtful self-assessment can help you identify bad habits you need to change and good habits you should adopt to bring you to a happier, healthier way of living and working. By doing so, you will learn what you need to do to have more energy and focus, and you will develop stress-coping mechanisms to work better, not harder, on your organization’s mission.

The assessments and checklists in this chapter can help you examine your stress symptoms and triggers, understand your current self-care practices (or lack thereof), and get a better picture of your overall well-being. Carve out some quiet time to go through these assessments. Think of this time as a gift of self-care you give yourself that will keep on giving for years to come!

After reviewing numerous nonprofit assessment instruments, we developed a new set based on the ideas and frameworks in this book. In some cases, we point you to existing references online. You can download printable PDF versions of each of our assessments at www.happyhealthynonprofit.org.

  1. The Nonprofit Burnout Assessment: A rating system to help you recognize whether you are on the path to burnout or not. Note: This is not a medical or mental health diagnostic tool.
  2. Your Current Reactions to Stress: An often-used assessment to examine ...

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