What does it mean to flourish?
A quick vocabulary for those who skipped advanced Latin…
Hedonic – (feeling good) – the measurement of emotional well-being. This represents the energy tied directly to a person’s discretionary effort – or, the difference between happily going the extra mile and feeling good versus simply plodding along, or worse.
Eudaimonic – (functioning well) – the measurement of achievement and purpose as determined by their social and psychological well-being. This represents the level at which a person is functioning well – fulfilled, working with a sense of purpose and place, and getting things done.
Components of Flourishing
Positive affect – regularly cheerful, in good spirits, happy, calm and peaceful, satisfied, and full of life.
Happiness – Feels happiness toward past or about present life overall on in domains of life*.
Life satisfaction – Sense of contentment or satisfaction with past or present life overall on in life domains*.
* Examples of life domains: employment, marriage, neighborhood
Social acceptance – Positive attitude toward others while acknowledging and accepting people’s complexity.
Social actualization – Cares and believes that, collectively, people have potential and society can evolve positively.
Social contribution – Feels that one’s life is useful to society and that one’s contributions are valued by others.
Social coherence – has interest in society, feels it’s intelligible, somewhat logical, predictable, and meaningful.
Social integration – Feels part of, and a sense of belonging to, a community, derives comfort and support from community.
Self-acceptance – Positive attitude toward oneself and past life, and concedes and accepts varied aspects of self.
Personal growth – Insight into one’s potential, sense of development, and open to challenging new experiences.
Purpose in life – Has goals, beliefs that affirm sense of direction in life, and feels life has purpose and meaning.
Environmental mastery – Has capability to manage complex environment and can choose or create suitable environs.
Autonomy – Comfortable with self-direction, has internal standards, resists unsavory social pressures.
Positive relations with others – Has warm, satisfying, trusting relationships, and is capable of empathy and intimacy.