Sources of Well-Being

More positive emotions (higher frequency and intensity of positive moods and emotions, such as contentment, laughter and joy, in one’s daily life)

Fewer negative emotions (lower frequency and intensity of negative moods and emotions, such as sadness, anxiety, and fear, in one’s daily life)

Life satisfaction (a positive subjective evaluation of one’s life overall)

Vitality (a positive subjective sense of physical health and energy)

Environmental mastery (the ability to shape environments to suit one’s needs and desires; to feel in control of one’s life; to not feel overwhelmed by the demands and responsibilities of everyday life)

Positive relationships (feeling loved, supported, and valued by others; having warm and trusting interpersonal relationships; being loving and generous to others)

Self -acceptance (positive attitudes towards self; a sense of self-worth; liking and respecting oneself)

Mastery (feelings of competence in accomplishing challenging tasks; a sense of effectiveness in accomplishing important goals one has set for oneself)

Autonomy (feeling independent, free to make one’s own choices in life, and able to resist social pressures)

Personal growth (continually seeking growth and improvement, rather than seeking achievement of a fixed state)

Engagement in life (being absorbed, interested, and involved in one’s daily activities and life)

Purpose and meaning in life (a sense that one’s life matters, is valuable, and worth living; a clear sense of direction and meaning in one’s efforts; a connection to something greater than oneself)

Transcendent experiences (experiences of awe, flow, inspiration and gratitude in daily life)

Taken from Transcend, The New Science of Self-Actualization by Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD


Love yourself, you deserve it!

Tina Gray-Siebers, MS, LPC, CCATP