This is the third article in a series focusing on how we can all be our best more often. Read the second article here: WHAT DOES HUMAN FLOURISHING LOOK LIKE?

Mary Jackson’s story (discussed in the last article – What does human flourishing look look like?) reflects our understanding of the mechanics that drive an individual’s well-being and happiness levels. To explain this we will draw on two broad schools of thought.

One is called the hedonic approach. This focuses on achieving a state of happiness – via experiencing positive emotions – by pursuing pleasure (doing things that make you feel good) and avoiding pain, boredom and stress.

The other is called the eudaimonic approach. This focuses on the process of human flourishing and fully engaging in purposeful development on your journey to being your best.

For simplicity we will refer to the hedonic approach as pleasure, and to the eudaimonic approach as purposeful development.

In order to achieve happiness, it seems that we need to experience a healthy balance of both pleasure and purposeful development.

However, knowing this is not enough to be happy. To help you begin experiencing higher levels of well-being and happiness, we will first show how your brain works.

This is the third in a series of articles focusing on how we can all be at our best more often. The next article will be titled, ARE YOU DESIGNED TO FLOURISH?

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