Why Flourishing?


1. A state where people experience positive emotions, positive psychological functioning and positive social functioning

2. Living within an optimal range of human functioning, one that connotes goodness, generativity, growth, and resilience

The term “flourish” is synonymous with "well-being". 

In positive psychology, flourishing includes much more than a happy feeling.

The Theory of Well-Being has 5 unique components which can be strengthened to improve overall well-being.
  • Positive Emotion
  • Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Meaning
  • Accomplishment
  • Vitality* 

*Vitality is not a component of the official Theory of Well-Being, but other positive psychologists recognize it as an important part of well-being.

The skills that build the foundation for flourishing are different from the skills that treat illnesses. 

Human strengths, excellence, and flourishing are just as authentic as human distress. People want to cultivate the best version of themselves and live a meaningful life. They want to grow their capacities for love and compassion, creativity and curiosity, work and resilience, and integrity and wisdom.

Positive emotion