Studies have discovered that people with higher psychological well-being are more likely to live healthier and longer lives. They are also more likely to enjoy a better quality of life. Better psychological well-being is associated with fewer social problems. If there were a magic pill for promoting psychological fullness, would this pill be taken by everyone or only those that want happy life? Is happy richness and a meaningful life the same?
Feeling capable and confident adds to psychological richness. One good way to evaluate richness is to remind yourself of the things you’re good at or the character strengths you possess. Reflect on your past achievements and the qualities that helped you succeed in getting to where you are now.
And there are no equivalent avenues in life satisfaction or the meaning of life’s richness. The emotional elements of psychological richness can appear distinctly: people high in psychological richness state experiencing both positive and negative emotions more intensely. They appear to enjoy the ‘good’ moments when they are present; and they feel negative stress less. This could possibly be because they know that both instances are transitory. How often do you feel life is psychologically rich for you?
“Goodness is about character – integrity, honesty, kindness, generosity, moral courage, and the like. More than anything else, it is about how we treat other people.”