Toward A Science of Well-Being

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I recently finished a book by Brené Brown titled The Gifts of Imperfection and I wanted to relate her work on wholehearted living to what I write about on this blog; namely well-being. I found the book intriguing as we … Continue reading

Aligning Values with Needs Leads to Well-Being

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It is often said that the goal of life is to be happy.  Whether that is true or not however, depends on how you define happiness.  Several centuries ago Aristotle noted that there are two distinct types of happiness, which … Continue reading

Understanding Needs as Motivation Helps Us Thrive

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Fundamental human needs, which are common to us all, are the primary motivation for human action. And by acting in a way that meets our needs we increase our long term well-being. These facts often go unacknowledged and the omissions … Continue reading

Why do People Believe in Government?

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I have had many debates with intelligent, rational and well-educated people about the virtues of a free society. A society based on free market principles without the need for a government that has a monopoly on force. The folks I’ve … Continue reading

Culture

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The word culture gets bandied about frequently. It can describe anything from a night at Carmina Burana and crème brulee to the spectacle of somebody’s pants hanging off their ass while scoring a dime bag. It’s a multifaceted term that … Continue reading

To Be Human

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As a species we have achieved wonders and changed the world. We have probed distant space, split the atom and seemingly everything else in between. Our success is partly due to our ability of adapting to and changing our environment. … Continue reading

What is Human Nature?

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In order to achieve optimal well-being it is useful to understand the human condition and how we arrived at this place in our history. The next series of blogs will cover these topics beginning with human nature. The question of … Continue reading

From Happiness To Well-Being

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Happiness has been one of the stated goals of humanity for millenia. If you ask someone what they want out of life their answer, more often than not, is to be happy. Our presumed pursuit of happiness takes varied forms … Continue reading