How can you make life better for yourself and for others who you impact thought your various life roles?

I think this is a really important question, and it’s one that I am investing a considerable amount of time this year in my Master Degree in Applied Positive Psychology.

In this post I want to share with you 4 contextual questions that you can apply to any given situation, work or social, to help identify what you might need to start, stop or continue doing to make life better for you and for others. I’ve developed these questions based on The LIFE Model (Layered Integrated Framework Example) by Lomas, Hefferon & Ivtzan (2014). My adapted version of The LIFE Model (which itself is based on the work of American philosopher Ken Wilber’s Integral Framework) is divided into 4 quadrants… The Mind, The Body, Relationships and Society… and I know in this post, the model and questions are difficult to read, so I will provide more detail to help you below:

LIFE - 4 Contextual Questions
The key to these four quadrants is highlighting how positive psychology is far more than simply looking at positive emotions and ‘happiology’.

The way to use these 4 Contextual Questions To Make Life Better, is to focus on one specific contextual situation that’s happening in your life at the moment, and then to ask… With this situation… (and then follow with each of the four contextual questions).

So for example, if you’re facing a particular problem at work, you might start with the ‘Mind’ quadrant and ask “With this work problem, how is what I am thinking and feeling impacting my opportunity to make life better for me and for others I impact in my life roles?”

For the ‘Body’ quadrant you would ask “With this work problem, how is my nutrition, exercise and state of physical health impacting my opportunity to make life better for me and for others I impact in my life roles?”

For the ‘Relationship’ quadrant you would ask “With this work problem, how are the quality of my relationships impacting my opportunity to make life better for me and for others I impact in my life roles?”

And for the ‘Society’ quadrant you would ask “With this work problem, how are the systems, structures and realities of the society and environment within which I live impacting my opportunity to make life better for me and for others I impact in my life?”

Sure, these are big questions… but it’s the big questions we need to ask to get beyond the ‘noise’ and habitual thinking that is often created in the fast paced, high demand, keep up with the Joneses world we live in.

I hope you gain value from thinking about and applying this model and would certainly welcome any feedback or experiences you might have in doing so.