What’s Your “Why” – Christina Bernier

Unlike animals, which are driven simply to survive, we humans crave more from life than mere survival. Without answering the question, ‘Survival for the sake of what?,’ we can quickly become distracted and filled with a quiet sense of despair. There is an alarming increase in the rates of drug and alcohol abuse, depression, and suicide. Likewise, a quick glance at employee engagement statistics points to a crisis of purpose and meaning on an unprecedented scale. Though we may be wealthier today than at any time in history, there is clearly a marked difference between ‘well off’ and ‘well-being.’

What gives your life purpose and meaning?

Every day decisions are made based on what we think about ourselves and the world around us. We are often motivated by something greater than ourselves, which ignites a fire within us and drives our decisions…the power of our why.

Throughout the year we will be highlighting one Alyfe team member to find out more about their “why” and what inspires them.

Christina Bernier Senior Manager, Client ServicesCHRISTINA BERNIER, Director of Performance Improvement and Business Strategy


What drives your life choices and makes you come alive?

When you are working toward things that inspire you, it literally makes you feel more alive… I’m talking about a why that moves up the food chain from being about you, to being about something bigger than you. It’s about connecting with what you’re passionate about and focusing your attention on endeavors that put a fire in your belly.

I am an extreme nurturer at my core.  I feel a huge sense of value and meaning when I am able to help others.  In one way or another, I always knew I wanted to help people with their wellbeing.  In third grade I entered an essay contest alongside my fellow students.  We each wrote about, “How to Make America Great.”  While my peers wrote about having longer recess and ice cream at every meal, I wrote that we could make America great by helping people get healthy.  More specifically, healthy like Arnold Schwarzenegger – he was pretty popular back then.

By the way…I won the contest.

Over time, my definition of health evolved, as did my motivation for pursuing a career in it.  I went to school to study kinesiology and was set on working in corporate fitness.  Destiny had a different plan for me when I was offered a job in corporate wellness.  I soon recognized fitness was just a small piece of wellbeing.  I saw the big picture.

As my career and life have advanced, I find more and more meaning in helping people make healthy choices.  Whether it’s a client, friend, or family member, I love helping people achieve their goals and make positive changes in their lives.

What are your innate strengths?

Your element is the point at which natural talent and skill meets personal passion. When people are in their element they are not only more productive, but they add more value and enjoy more personal and professional fulfilment.

My father is an engineer and there’s no denying I am his daughter through and through.  I take “analytical” to an extreme.  My favorite thing to do is slice and dice data and I strongly believe that decisions should be driven and backed by data.  I may not come to decisions quickly, but when I do, I can guarantee you I’ve looked at that decision from every angle and chose what I would consider the most suitable option.

Being so analytical and “in my head”, I have been described as reserved and somewhat mysterious.  But hey…a little mystery never hurt anyone.

What makes you passionate about Alyfe and motivates you to come to work each day?

Alyfe’s mission feeds my desire to nurture.  It also looks at individuals as just that – unique people with different needs.  Marrying my desire to nurture, alongside my analytical personality, I feel Alyfe is the perfect environment in which I can thrive.  I get to figure out the root cause of a person’s or population’s risks, and come up with solutions that drive change and impact lives for the better.  I get to put my third grade essay to action and make America great by helping people get healthy.  Less emphasis on Schwarzenegger this time.

How will you measure your life?

People who don’t stand for something, can easily fall for anything. Deciding how you want to measure your life means making a stand for something and then living your life in alignment with it.

Happiness.  Both my happiness, as well as the happiness of those around me.  It looks different for everyone, but we all have the choice.  I choose happiness.

If you had to write a personal mission statement that inspires you to create the life that you want, what would it be?

Don’t sweat the small stuff and put 110% into everything you do.  These two statements can often work against each other if you let them.  And I definitely let them more than I should.  The point behind them, though, is to do your absolute best with everything and remind yourself of that when the “small stuff” rises to the surface.

What’s YOUR “Why?”

Do this exercise for yourself; answer the above questions to find out your personal why. Only when you know your “why”, will you find the courage to take the risks needed to get ahead, stay motivated and move your life onto an entirely new, more challenging and rewarding trajectory.

“He who has a why can endure any how.”   – Friedrich Nietzshce (German Philosopher)


Alyfe /a-life/

Alyfe is what happens when you find the “y” in life.
It’s transformative.
It’s living to the fullest.
It’s the endless pursuit of wellbeing.
It’s the path to your true potential.
It’s Alyfe. Well Lived.

Transformative Wellbeing.
That’s the promise of Alyfe.

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