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The Wellbeing Calculus

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What do we need to flourish and to thrive?

It’s a question Richard’s been asking himself for over a decade – and he’s built up a pretty good picture so far.

Weaving together ideas from applied psychology, the social sciences, philosophy, neuroscience and therapeutic education, Richard’s been creating a practical and unique personal development framework.  It’s called the Wellbeing Calculus and, in a nutshell, It offers all you need to know to live the life you want to live.

The Wellbeing Calculus

Unlike other approaches that frame mental health and wellbeing in terms of biological deficits, psychiatric psychopathology, the presence (or absence) of happiness and positivity, or patterns of thought (helpful or otherwise), the wellbeing calculus places personal agency and the lived experience of freedom at the heart of wellbeing.

The wellbeing calculus is framed around seven key wellbeing variables, related to:  

  • self-determination (Agency)
  • body-brain integration (Brain-Body Balance)
  • sense of self (The Aligned Self)
  • relationships (Connectivity)
  • skills and abilities (Capabilities)
  • our sense of place in the world (Lifeworld)
  • activities that give life meaning and purpose (Practices of the Self)

Each of these wellbeing variables can be optimised to increase a person’s ability to be self-determining.  This enhances our lived experience of freedom, which in turn optimises our generalised experience of wellbeing.  You can find out more about it here.

As you’ve probably guessed, there’s a book underway.  That’s a way off but, in the meantime, Richard figured what better way to introduce the wellbeing calculus to the world than through a podcast.  And so, there you go, the birth of theQUEST!ON !

As you’ll see, every article and episode is organised around the wellbeing calculus – some episodes will focus on a topic related to wellbeing, while others will relate to any of the other wellbeing variables.  A show related to wellbeing might focus on the relentless pursuit of happiness and positivity or the question of what we mean when we speak about freedom.  A show on the Lifeworld variable might explore the positive impact of seeking communion with the natural world, while another might follow the consequences of being marginalised in a hostile environment.  Meanwhile, a show on the Connectivity variable might focus on the enduring influence of childhood relationships or on the idea of existential love.  The possibilities are limitless.

Whether you’re a curious explorer or a dedicated self-improver, theQUEST!ON has all you need to know to live the life you want to live.  We hope you enjoy it.  No, we hope you love it!