The good life: It’s about winning the lottery and whiling away on the beach, right?
Seems pretty good in the abstract, but it doesn’t explain why:
- Entrepreneurs begin yet another business even after cashing out big.
- Runners start training for a marathon after completing that first 10K.
- Humans seek constant mental, spiritual, and creative development.
Here’s the thing: psychological research shows that what truly represents the “good life” looks very different from an idle existence. In fact, it’s exactly the opposite.
- We are motivated by a sense of purpose in multiple aspects of life.
- We aim to constantly “level up” until attaining mastery.
- We seek autonomy and control in our pursuits – they are “our” goals.
We hear that the curse of the human condition is a state of constant dissatisfaction. But it’s more accurate to flip that on its head and instead realize that striving for the next level provides us the foundation for a life worth living.
In other words, happiness and living your best life are not about arriving at some idyllic destination. It’s your personal journey and desired potential that matters, which means the secret to happiness and fulfillment is to keep going to the next level … and beyond.
That said, you don’t have the time to sift through the mountain of personal development information released online each day. More importantly, you don’t have time to separate the noise and fluff from the solid, research-based intelligence that helps you live your best life.
That’s our job, and we deliver only the best selections each Tuesday by email. Here’s a bit about Further’s editorial selection process:
- Health: The old saying goes “If you don’t have your health, you have nothing.” Perhaps it’s smarter to say that if you have your health, your peak potential becomes possible. New research and case studies show that physical activity alone makes our brains function better, and that’s only one of countless reasons why fitness and nutrition are the foundation of your best life.
- Wealth: We traditionally think of wealth in terms of money, and let’s face it … it doesn’t hurt to have some. But how you make your money is more important than how much. And wealth is really about resources, which includes your relationships, business intelligence, and lifestyle. Become wealthier by increasing your access to resources, and you just might see the same happen with the balance in your bank account.
- Wisdom: It’s all in your head. Not just what you learn, or your capacity for constant learning (which is crucial). It’s how you think, and how your mind informs your actions, or worse – mindless reaction. Advances in neural science are confirming wisdom that’s 2,500 years old, while also shattering many of our modern conceptions of how our minds really work. It’s time to embrace the truth and ignore the junk.
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