For many of us reflection and exploration about the sources of our happiness is as difficult as it is inevitable. Everyone at some time or another is faced with these Existential questions? What do I want out of life? How do I improve my happiness and quality of life? What are my core values in living a meaningful life? What drives my meaning in day-to-day behavior and choices? For me living your values and formulating principles of the “good life” means being aware and aligning activities with what we value.
Going back to the 50’s ” Abraham Maslow proposed a “Hierarchy of Needs” theory of how people can become blocked or successful in developing into a Self-Actualized person. According to the Theory more satisfied and happy with their lives the more they move toward independence, autonomy and self-actualization.. See the chart below to review the Hierarchy,
The Atlantic Journal today published highlights and insights about the validity and accuracy of Maslow’s Theory for modern-day living. In fact when you dig into the latest research by Social Psychologists at the University of Illinois, they say Maslow got the needs right but focused too much on self-fullment rather the interpersonal components and importance of social needs like belonging and love. According to the lead researcher Dr. Ed Dinner, a University of Illinois psychologist and Senior Gallop researcher, in a recent international survey reported in the current edition of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. , concludes that survey findings show “Maslow got right that there are universal human needs beyond the physiological needs that everyone recognizes, But it turns out people are inherently more social. We are called the social animal now. ”
So before you reflect the next time on the Existential questions of life i asked earlier you might want to review these latest findings. As usual let us know about the insights you gained in this reflection activity.