What does it mean to flourish? As a person, I mean.
We can probably agree that a plant which is healthy and blooming can be said to “flourish,” and that a business that is booming and raking in record profit is “flourishing.” But what does it mean for a human being to flourish?
Some might think of financial success as “flourishing.” Others might think of self-development and growth. You might believe that a person is flourishing when they are happy and content, or when they are learning new things and applying their skills to new challenges. All true and maybe even, enviable?
To flourish is to find fulfillment in our lives, accomplishing meaningful and worthwhile tasks, and connecting with others at a deeper level—in essence, living the “good life”. This month we’re exploring ways in which we can increase our positive emotions, engage with the world and our work (or hobbies), develop deep and meaningful relationships, find meaning and purpose in our lives, and achieve our goals through cultivating and applying our strengths and talents.
Week 1: Canceling out the negative
Week 2: Flourishing Relationships
Week 3: What does it all “mean”?
Week 4: Take the W
This month we’ve focused on flourishing. Imagine what your ideal “flourishing life” would look like. Of course, you would have authentic relationships with those you love. Your mind, body, and spirit would be healthy. You would believe in yourself and your abilities. Adhering to your values is important to you.
So what aspects of your life help you live a flourishing life? Having more positive emotions than negative ones. Being mentally and physically healthy is important. Feeling you have a purpose that comes from being fulfilled. Having a trusted tribe of authentic relationships is vital. And, of course, being authentic while bettering yourself is important to flourish.
Although each person’s definition of what defines flourishing may be different, the fundamental principles are the same. It’s essential to create a life filled with more feelings of abundance, involvement, authentic connections, significance, and accomplishments. Keep in mind that thriving might take some time. However, you may start blooming a bit more by making little daily changes.