How to Be an Optimal Human – Scientific American Blog Network

Scott Barry Kaufman writes in Scientific American, answering the question, “What does science tell us to move toward improved health and happiness?”

I will be reflecting on these answers this week.

Science-informed suggestions to help you have greater health, growth, and happiness.

In sum:

  1. Try to balance your basic needs for autonomy, competence, relatedness, security, and self-esteem.
  2. Choose a goal that is in line with these needs, as well as your deepest self and talents, and that helps the larger community or world.
  3. Learn self-regulatory strategies and cultivate your character strengths to make efficient progress toward your goals.
  4. Constantly listen to your organismic valuing process, and modify your goals and personality as necessary.

Work toward all of this, and you will be well on your way to becoming the person you are capable of becoming.

Source: How to Be an Optimal Human – Scientific American Blog Network

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