Yes, we know it’s a mouthful. Honestly, friend to friend? It took me an exceptionally long time to even know how to say “eudaimonic,” but here we are. And we’re going to discuss this today, because the heart of this concept is an excellent addition to this alcohol-free life we’re building.
Alright, let’s define this wacky word first, shall we? According to The SpringerLink Encyclopedia of Quality of Life and Well-Being Research, “Eudaimonic Well-Being” is:
“the subjective experiences associated with eudaimonia—living a life of virtue in pursuit of human excellence. The phenomenological experiences derived from such living include self-actualization, personal expressiveness, and vitality.”
Put plainly, eudaimonia is another component to living #goals. And it emphasizes living a fantastic life focused on being the best version of you that you can, in your fullest human expression.
Sounds pretty awesome, right?
One of the primary goals of Positive Psychology is to focus on well-being as a tool. When our well-being is thriving, well cared for, and prioritized, that yields other tangible benefits in work, purpose, connection, and more. Like Achor’s Happiness Advantage: focus on the self first, and the rest—the success, wealth, desired relationships—follows. A distinct difference between this and Anchor’s happiness theory is that eudaimonia is more about fulfilling our purpose and potential over happiness. Being seen fully for who we are, self-actualizing (from our friend Maslow—”the complete realization of one's potential and the full development of one's abilities”), knowing that we are living authentically and reaching the heights we are capable of.