In this post I want to share a concern I have regarding a trend of nay-sayers who would have you believe that taking stock of your truth about your happiness or life satisfaction is potentially bad for you. This view that has gained some momentum is that the pursuit of happiness is flawed, and that it can cause more unhappiness.
What’s really going on here is some researchers and cynical bloggers and reporters, have latched onto the potential subjectiveness, shallowness and individualistic notion of what it means to be happy in life.
If we isolate happiness only to refer to the emotion of joy, then it will be a fleeting experience. To limit your pursuit of living a good life to only being happy, and not to experience the full range of emotional experiences available to human beings would therefore also be a pursuit that is, as some of the critics of the first wave of positive psychology would say is flawed as well.
So what’s the alternative – leave well enough alone? I don’t think so.
In Plato’s Dialogues, there is a famous dictum of Socrates which is “The unexamined life is not worth living”, and rather than falling into the trap of taking heed of people who believe that we oughtn’t be examining our sense of life satisfaction, and oughtn’t be pursuing happiness or wellbeing, my recommendation is to take stock of your truth about your life… examine it… reflect on it… take action to build on your strengths and develop areas that need developing.
There is an overwhelming body of scientific evidence that validates, of the many contextual determinants of higher levels of wellbeing in your life, meaning and trusted relationships consistently are at the very top of what matters.
For this reason, there is immense potential value for us to take stock of our truth about the level of meaning in our life, and about the level of trust we have in our life (self-trust, trust in others and others trusting in us).
The Intentionomics Blueprint of 9 Inescapable Truths is designed to help you do just that. As we are now well into the second month of the year, taking stock of your truth about the degree to which you are living a ‘good life’ is very timely.
To help you take stock and create a personal development plan for 2015, you can download your personal copy of the Inspiring Personal Prosperity Workbook… it will guide you through how to apply the Intentionomics Blueprint of 9 Inescapable Truths.