Pursuit of Happiness

Imagine

 

You, your family and friends enjoy living in a state of well being.

 

You, your family and neighbors live in communities  promote individual and community thriving 

 

You and your fellow citizens are  part of a responsive representative local and national political system

 

A healthcare system that actually focuses on creating health rather than removing disease, strives to achieve optimal health rather than only removing symptoms, challenges people to achieve wellness in physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of their being, thrive rather than just prevent disease... in other words a system that helps you FLOURISH**.

 

 

Imagine no longer...

Our Vision

 

Healthy individuals in healthy communities supported by a responsive political ecosystem.

 

By November 2022 every American has the opportunity to:

 

flourish and thrive

live and be part of  a healthy community

be  part of a responsive representative local and national political system

access quality affordable health care services

"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government....

Industry, commerce and security are the surest roads to the happiness and prosperity of people...

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation, which give you happiness..."

                                                                       Thomas Jefferson

*Salutogenesis, the process of health creation, is

dedicated to the creation of optimal health in each individual. Salutogenesis focuses on maximizing

your health potentiality rather than focusing on pathogenesis, the process of disease creation. 

 

Salutogenesis:    Optimal Health

         

      Thrive and flourish...Maximise wellness assets  

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Prevention of injury and illness 

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Remove  risk   for medical condition

 

What is Your Vision for Wellbeing, Thriving, Flourishing ?

 

We are all unique in our vision of personal well being. For some its about maximizing physical health, for others its to thrive intelectually, yet for others is a quest to achieve spiritual well being...

 

What is your vision of personal wellbeing?

What would it feel like to flourish?

What it looks like to thrive?

 

Share your vision:

 

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Are you at your optimal wellbeing?

Many of us go on with our lives without ever recognizing that we can enjoy a higher state of wellbeing. We rarely if ever, ask our self if we are thriving or flourishing. We rarely give our community a checkup; we assume that there is little we can do to have an impact on the political system. Recognizing where we are along the “Salutogenesis” path is also a good place to start to in  our journey to optimal wellbeing.

 

Well here is your opportunity to give yourself a “Salutogenesis Checkup”.

 

The Salutogenesis Inventory provides a “mirror” for your current state wellbeing. Additionally it assesses the physical emotional, spiritual and psychological resources in your Salutogenesis toolbox. The inventory can be used for engaging with your Action Plan. 

 

Here then are six areas of wellbeing  that make up your  “Salutogenesis Checkup“

Physical health relates to your body, and includes eating habits, exercise, medical self-care and treatment of health problems. Smoking, drugs, and alcohol use have potential negative affects on your health.

 

Emotional health refers to your state of mind. It is how you react to day-to-day stresses, your sense of worth, and your ability to relax and enjoy leisure.

 

Social health is the ability to keep healthy interactions with friends, family, neighbors or coworkers.

 

Spiritual health includes having a sense of purpose in life, the ability to give and receive love and the ability to feel goodwill toward others.

 

Cognitive health results from the mental stimulation and development we get through our work, school, community service, hobbies or cultural pursuits.

 

Political health seeks to provide all individuals  responsive political engagement and tools to maximize their role as citizens.

 

Financial Health  explores the ways and provides strategies to address the impact of financial challenges on individuals and communities. 


 

What is the Impact of My Social Environment on My Wellbeing?

 

Your  environment  plays  an important role in your health and wellbeing  allowing you to thrive and flourish. Here is a list of areas that can impact your overall well being:

My home environment

My social environment

My work Environment   

Health status of your community

My environmental quality (Air Quality, cultural, educational, open spaces, Parks )

Healthcare institutions (Hospitals, EMS, Emergency and Acute Care)

FInancial enviornment 

Other aspects of the community and environment (Police, Fire Department, Transportation )

Religious institutions

Cultural and educational activity

Spend on Experiences 

You don't have infinite money. Spend it on stuff that research says makes you happy.

If society takes their research to heart, it should mean not only a shift in how individuals spend their discretionary income, but also place an emphasis on employers giving paid vacation and governments taking care of recreational spaces.

What is the Impact of My Political Ecosystem on My Wellbeing? 

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed."

 

US Declaration of Independence July 4th, 1776

 

"The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only object of good government....

Industry, commerce and security are the surest roads to the happiness and prosperity of people...

It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation, which give you happiness..."

                                                                       Thomas Jefferson

To what extent do political politicians, institutions, laws, regulations impact on your well being?

 

To what extant is the political ecosystem serve to further your pursuit of happiness?

 

We help you explore your ecosystem so you can better take action to optimize the function of the government.

 

"Among the many surprises this country holds in store for its new citizens… there is the amazing discovery that the “pursuit of happiness,” which the Declaration of Independence asserted to be one of the inalienable human rights, has remained to this day considerably more than a meaningless phrase in the public and private life of the American Republic. To the extent that there is such a thing as the American frame of mind, it certainly has been deeply influenced, for better or worse, by this most elusive of human rights, which apparently entitles men, in the words of Howard Mumford Jones, to “the ghastly privilege of pursuing a phantom and embracing a delusion.”   Hannah Ardent

 

 


 

Carol Graham, “The Pursuit of Happiness”

This works from a research perspective. Yet it complicates the policy perspective. Policy is driven by factors ranging from norms to welfare objectives to cultural differences. Those factors, in turn, influence the definition of happiness across individuals and countries. Centuries ago, philosophers worried about happiness. Jeremy Bentham’s concept of welfare was maximizing the contentment and pleasure of the greatest number of individuals as they experienced their lives—that is, people feeling happy on a day-to-day basis. Aristotle conceived of happiness as eudaimonia: “eu,” meaning well-being or abundance, and “daimon,” meaning the power controlling an individual’s destiny. In the broader life-evaluation sense, this is the opportunity to lead a fulfilling life.

Nicholas Rescher On Quality of Life and the Pursuit of Happiness

Lonnie Golden  A Happiness and Objective Well-being Index

(HOW-IS-IL)  for Living and Working in the State of Illinois, 2016-17

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