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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Flourishing in 2013

Martin Segliman, a positive psychology guru, has shifted his work from happiness to flourishing. He invites us to go for lasting well-being (for all) instead of temporary boosts of pleasure (for me). Flourishing is about growth, learning and service to life regardless of circumstance. The elements of his model include:
  • Positive emotions (of which happiness and life satisfaction are all aspects): Feeling joy, exuberance, love, passion, etc.
  • Engagement: Being in flow
  • Relationships: Experiencing interconnectedness
  • Meaning: Contributing to something greater than self
  • Achievement: Accomplishing 
Try out some of his exercises if the idea of thriving (instead of just surviving) calls you:
  • Do a random act of kindness 
  • Write down what you accomplish each day and why it is meaningful
  • Use your signature strengths* as a human being to tackle unpleasant tasks
  • Apply 2.9:1 positive to negative comment ratio (at work) and 5:1 (at home)
*To learn more about signature strengths check out the book Flourish: A visionary new understanding of happiness and well-being

To learn more about flourishing check out this tube video

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