Well Being and Generativity

“For me, fitness is not just about hitting the gym; it is also about an inner happiness and an overall well-being.”

Rakul Preet Singh

I am a believer that ‘Wellbeing’ is a key to growing older with zest and pizazz. I have used the term in a speech that I deliver called the ‘Well Being Paradigm’ with the paradigm consisting of five components. I label these the “Fantastic-Five”, which are-

· Wellness

· Science

· Technology

· Medicine

· Behavior

Each of these components has its own depth. One of the fun parts of discussing the journey and mission of living and flourishing is talking about these. For example in my world, ‘Wellness’ is the leadoff hitter. The ‘WBP’ (wellbeing paradigm) has eight levels which are-

  • Physical and Intellectual
  • Occupational and Financial
  • Spiritual and Emotional
  • Social and Environmental

Identifying your strength and relative weakness in any of these subcategories can help us grow. This is a key to Generativity. Psychologist Eric Erickson is attributed with this concept and I was introduced to it by my friend and guest on our radio program Psychologist Dr. Debbie Heiser. Framed by giving back to society through raising our children, being productive at work and becoming involved in community activities and organizations, Generativity helps us develop a sense of being a part of the larger life picture.

Being in the ‘MiddleLiving’ phase of life (40-85) gives all of us ample opportunity to make amends, shape our future and give back. I like to say that the “Bling-Bling doesn’t have the same Ring-Ring” it once did. Understanding and working within the ‘Fantastic-Five’ can enable our continued development and growth.

Generativity is the rocket fuel that can launch us into a fulfilled life. Growth does not stop at a certain age, and it actually can be enhanced as we grow into the next chapters. It is up to each of us to determine the robustness, think about this-

  • Flourishing is reflective of positivity
  • Happiness is an attribute of mental health
  • Life satisfaction is part of each person’s soul
  • Giving back enhances it all, in every way, every day!