What is well-being?

Sunrise at KripaluI believe we are connected to everyone and everything in this world. Connectedness is one of my top 5 strengths according to Strength Finders. I see the world as a linked web, that we are all part of a something greater. Newton’s third law states, for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Well-being is about the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. It’s about discovering and living out who we are meant to be by sharing our gifts with the world. It’s how we respond to what happens to us as life unfolds and the decisions we make each and everyday that embody the life we live.

From what we choose to eat to what we wear and everything in between. Our thoughts become our actions and it shapes the reality we live in.

About a year ago, I wanted to delve deeper into what happiness and success meant to me. I had some life changing a-ha moments and experiences in my life that reshaped how I lived. My self expectations, expectations from others, and worry about what others thought of me consumed my time and attention. It didn’t matter if I raised another funding round or how great a recent media piece was. I didn’t know how to be fully present or even in the moment to celebrate accomplishments, but most importantly I wasn’t fully being me. Living an authentic life based on who I am means a life time of continued exploration. To truly live as myself involves an even deeper level of vulnerability and transparency to reveal who I am without letting anxiety or fear be the reason I’m not fully being myself.  After learning to let go of my first startup, I started studying positive psychology out of curiosity to learn and gain more perspective.

Martin Seligman’s well-being construct; and well-being, not happiness, is the topic of positive psychology. Well-being has five measurable elements (PERMA) that count toward it:

  • Positive emotion (of which happiness and life satisfaction are all aspects)
  • Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Meaning and purpose
  • Accomplishment

The sun rises and sets daily. We all have the same amount of time each day. As we welcome this change in season, I’m thankful for a renewed sense of stillness and quietness within myself and my creator. To thrive, we have to be willing to become a better version of our ideal self. What journey are you on? What are you writing in your book?


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