The Scenario – If you could create a checklist in life for happiness what would it look like? Oddly enough many people would put money at the top of their lists, but research based on multicultural communities shows that money has nothing to do with happiness.
If money doesn’t make us happy than what does?
According to Martin E. P. Seligman, Ph.D., we can find happiness when we work toward incorporating and developing five basic human needs in life to “flourish,” hence the title of his recently published book. He refers to the five needs as P.E.R.M.A.:
1. Positive emotions
- How often we experience happiness and satisfaction
- Choosing to be involved, engaged and to participate in daily activities, which is referred to in positive psychology as, “Flow”
- Creating and developing fulfilling, supportive relationships
- Discovering and pursuing purpose and meaning in your life
- Achieving your goals and dreams
The Insight – When our most basic human needs are satisfied happiness becomes achievable. But only through the processes of self-awareness are those personal needs recognized. Work a little each day to identify what satisfies your needs and then work toward fulfilling those needs. Soon it becomes habitual, causing you to flourish and put your best self forward in life.
What are your ingredients for a flourishing life?
Creating Positive Perspectives for Life