The Well-Lived Life: What Does It Take to Flourish?

What specific factors are associated with a life well-lived, and how do we put them into play?

Grant H Brenner

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Living the well-lived life is a prized and sometimes elusive-appearing goal. While much of the world’s population still struggles to meet basic needs, widespread inequity makes the meaning-and-purposed-based eudaimonic existence problematic. Nevertheless understanding what contributes to greater personal satisfaction is a critically important subject.

Ultimately, as more people with access to resources embrace compassion and themselves flourish, there is reason to believe that greater focus on common humanity and the imperative to reduce overall suffering may help a greater and greater number of people.

Common humanity and widespread suffering become harder to deny, as social media and information technology confront us daily with reports of rising rates of mental illness and burnout, escalating global woes 1, and increasing calls for the tools and resources to make effective change possible, by the most rarefied echelons of leadership to the grassiest roots of community.

While there is ample research on compassion, flourishing, and character as separate aspects, research on their interrelationships is less developed. With…

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Grant H Brenner

Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Disaster Responder, Advocate, Photographer