Three sources of fulfillment

Posted on March 26, 2010
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One of the most together women I know, Diana McAskill, regularly posts ideas with a Buddhist theme on Facebook.

A lifetime of observation from the vantage point of a community newspaper led me to conclude that the happiest people I met were the ones who were involved in doing something for others and who were getting some exercise.

Expert observation seems to bear this out. Here is more evidence from Dee’s Facebook posting.

Dr. Martin Seligman, the former president of the American Psychological Association,is a leading advocate of what is known as “Positive Psychology.” he has been called one of the most revolutionary theorists in the field of psychology since Freud.

Dr, Seligman shared some valuable insights from his latest research to President Daisaku Ikeda of Soka Gakkai International, a worldwide network of Nichiren Buddhists.
The object of his latest research was to discover, based on empirical data collected from around the world, what gives people the greatest fulfillment in life.
Dr. Seligman was able to identify three main sources of fulfillment.
The first is living a pleasant life; hedonic happiness.
The second is using one’s highest strengths and virtues in one’s various spheres of activity and relationships with others.
The third is deploying one’s highest strengths in the service of something larger than one’s self.
Looking at the data, Dr. Seligman found that in every part of the world the second and third sources of fulfillment provide a deeper and more spiritual feeling of fulfillment than the first.
In other words, happiness is not determined by material or economic wealth or status.
The key to leading a fulfilled life, free of regrets is to dedicate ourselves to a cause, a goal that is larger than us. A life creating value.
(Taken from Soka magazine, essays by Daisaku Ikeda)

To these three keys, I would add a balanced diet and regular exercise.

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