Wellness and Stability
BY: T. Franklin Murphy | February 2019
Our experience of living is dependent upon action. We live well, creating healthy environments, and productive futures. Our actions when wrapped in purpose give life substance and joy.
Life satisfaction is not a game of mirrors where joy is a construction independent of environment. Our surroundings impact our feelings. When we are punched or kicked, it hurts. When neglects or abandoned, it hurts. Feeling are built into the structures of our biological being. They tether us to life, creating the emotional experience of living.
Our wellness, while enhanced or diminished by our minds, is dependent on our actions. If we are sick, surrounded by demeaning people, or struggle to pay rent, our joy suffers.
Flourishing in life requires constructive action. Behaviors in the present that eliminates many of the anxiety provoking emergencies in the future, meeting our basic needs and creating stability.
Some of those needs are described in Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
We must find a healthy balance of pleasure in the present and transcending purpose in our actions. As we do so, we flourish.
David Reynolds presents five fundamental principles about feelings and their connection to Behaviors in his book Constructive Living.
We learn from these general guidelines. We must accept the connection between feelings and behaviors; and then maximize our experience by knowing our unique experience, taking note of events and successes that create pleasure and pain. As we custom design our lives to maximize the pleasure with purposeful action and minimize the pain, our overall experience improves.
Many of our pleasures come from successful fulfillment of motivational needs (Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs). Other pleasures come from a more individualized path to meaning. All the pieces of flourishing fuse together in a single and beautiful whole. Although the web pages of Flourishing Life Society are divided into sections of roughly defined concepts, the actual implementation of the good life—flourishing—is intertwined, each concept connected to the others.
Dolan, P. (2015) Happiness by Design: Change What You Do, Not How You Think. Plume; Reprint edition
Maslow, A. (2011) Hierarchy of Needs: A Theory of Human Motivation. www.all-about-psychology.com.
Reynolds, D.K. (1984) Constructive Living. University of Hawaii Press
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