On Radio National’s ‘All In The Mind’ (Sunday’s 5:00pm), program host Lynne Malcolm recently interviewed Professor Todd Kashdan, author of the book Curious.
I’ve read Todd’s book and thoroughly enjoyed it and will post a book review next week, so keep a look-out for that.
Back to the interview though. A few of the comments that were posted by listeners/readers of the interview, seemed to ‘take sides’ of whether people agreed or disagreed with Kashdan’s research and position that adopting the practice of being more mindfully curious in our lives would be enriching and positively beneficial.
Herein lies a major problem that I’ve been observing (and blogging about) for some time.
When it comes to our sense of subjective well-being, whether you want to refer to it as pursuing happiness, living a ‘good life’, living with intention or whatever, there will never be one formula, one element, one research finding, one anything that will provide the panacea or answer to the meaning of life.
Here is the comment that I posted on Lynne’s blog post about the excellent interview she provided on the program:
Paradoxically, before we get too ‘on-or-off-side’ with Professor Kashdan’s position, perhaps we ought to apply our own curiosity to explore how Kashdan’s research and recommendations fit in with the broader research on what it is to live an ‘intentional life’.
Sadly our propensity to look for THE quick fix or solution to living the good-life, creates fad-based adoption of singular research findings and approaches of the Well-Being and Happiness Movements.
The complexities of the human condition and life experiences requires of us to first determine what it would mean to live a happy, flourishing and prosperous life – not simply the pursuit of happiness in a narrow definition, but one that embraces our character, values, meaning, purpose, relationships, strengths and weaknesses. Curiosity is simply one of many tools within our human potential to be embraced.
The purpose of my blog posts here at Intentionomics.com is not to suggest there is one solution or that I have all the answers. My intention is to continue my research into what can impact on us living happy, flourishing and prosperous personal and work lives, to test it out and validate it in my own life and to report on it here for you to determine its application in your life.
That’s why I’m continually asking you, as part of the Intentionomics on-line community to join in on the Intentionomics conversation so that we can help each other better understand and take intentional action to live happy, flourishing and prosperous lives.