Improve Your Health & Well-Being

Everyone wants to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. To have a higher purpose in our life. I believe by prioritizing happiness in life and your work, you can create change in the world more than we ever thought possible.

¬†Eudaimonia: Is a remarkable type of experience that can improve health and well-being, for yourself and others. Definitions of eudaimonia date back to ancient philosophers. According to Plato and Aristotle, eudaimonia is the sense of living life in a full and deeply satisfying way, beyond fleeting emotional states. Think of it this way, if you answer “yes” to the question, “Am I living in alignment with my values and purpose?” you’ve certainly had a eudaimonic experience or two. Aristotle considers eudaimonia the highest human achievement.

Most of us are quite familiar with a different kind of happiness: hedonia, or the sense of satisfaction that comes from the pursuit of pleasure. (1) When we answer “yes” to the question, “Are my needs and wants being met right now?” we’re often having a moment of hedonistic satisfaction. Like eudaimonia, hedonia delivers a certain type of happiness that can be rewarding. But science suggests that the effects of hedonia on our health and well-being are different than the effects of eudaimonia.

Although eudaimonia and hedonia are different, they’re highly correlated experiences, which often overlap in interesting ways. (2) Eating a piece of cake might put a smile on your face, but it’s not terribly meaningful in the long run. On the other hand, eating a piece of cake for a celebration of a loved one can be a deeply satisfying experience, one that’s more meaningful than simply feeling good.

After losing my wonderful son Anthony when he was only 23 years old in May 2011. When I celebrate his birthday and life ( June 16th), I make it a point to enjoy and savor his favorite foods and dessert and find joy more nourishing then just the taste of the food.

Reference:

(1) Ryff, C. D., Singer, B. H., & Love, G. D. (2004). Positive health: connecting well-being with biology. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 359, 1383-1394.

(2)Baumeister, R. F., Vohs, K. D., Aaker, J. L., & Garbinsky, E. N. (2013). Some Key Differences between a Happy Life and a Meaningful Life. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 8(6), 505-516.

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