All You Need To Know

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You’ve perhaps read a little about the Wellbeing Calculus, an account that places personal agency and the lived experience of freedom at the heart of wellbeing.  theQUEST!ON takes a closer look, delving into ideas and issues related to each of the wellbeing variables – Agency, Brain-Body Balance, the Aligned Self, Connectivity, Capabilities, the Lifeworld, and Practices of the Self.

How, for instance, do brain-body imbalances affect our sense of wellbeing, and how can we restore balance when it’s lost?  What do we all need to enjoy deep and rewarding relationships, and what can we do if things aren’t working right now?  Does it matter how we think about love or freedom?  And is normality a kind of tyranny, or only if you don’t fit in?

theQUEST!ON asks all of this and more.

It’s all you need to know!

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.  If you’re new to theQUEST!ON, I’ve curated some essential readings below to get you into the swing of things.  I hope you love what I’m doing – get in touch if you want share the love, give us a hot suggestion, offer up some healthy criticism, or just to say hello.  And don’t forget to subscribe so I can keep you in the loop.

 

 

Is it time to rethink wellbeing in action

Is it time to rethink wellbeing?

Positivity’s over-rated and happiness is just too thin – and there’s something wrong in the state of wellbeing.


Lady liberty leading the charge towards wellbeing!

What can continental philosophy tell us about wellbeing?

Some people think philosophy’s little more than navel-gazel – but, as it turns out, continental philosophy has a lot to say about wellbeing and how to get it!

 


Transformative Self-Renewal

What is transformative self-renewal?

When agency drives change, the result is transformative self-renewal.  And that puts us in charge of what comes next.


What do we mean when we talk about freedom? (Coming Soon)

Debates about freedom are typically either metaphysical ones about whether we have free will or not, or political ones about civil liberies and the role of the state.  But there’s another approach that sees freedom realised every time we exercsie our agency – and that puts freedom right at the heart of wellbeing.

 


René Descartes

The strange case of René Descartes and Madam Guillotine

For centuries, we’ve separated mind from body and it’s created problems around how we understand health and wellbeing.  This first-of-three articles looks at the underlying idea of mind-body dualism – and why it’s just so wrong!


Positive and negative emotions

Emotions arent’t good or bad – they’re useful!

We’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere and decided that some emotions are positive and some are negative.  It turns out, emotions aren’t good or bad at all – they’re useful!

 

Inner rebel

Harnessing your inner rebel to bring about change

People around the world decide to make changes in their lives every single day.  We decide enough’s enough – it’s time for change.   That’s when we call on our friends and allies – and that includes internal allies like the Inner Rebel,  encouraging us in the spirit of the Great Refusal.

 


The power of relationships

Wellbeing and the power of relationships 

We’re all connected to someone and the relationships we have are crucial to our wellbeing.  While healthy relationships help foster a sense of wellbeing, unhealthy relationships can undermine us to our core.

 


Capabilties. Getting a grip on things.

Getting a grip on things. How capabilities enhance wellbeing (Coming Soon)

Capabilties, the skills and abilities that enable us to get on and get things done, are crucial to wellbeing.  They expand the range of things we can do, allow us to achieve our goals, and open up opportunities that wouldn’t otherwise appear.  And above all, the help us to get a grip on things.


The excellent mind – what is it, and where can I get one? (Coming Soon)

Good thinking habits are good for wellbeing.  We make better decisions, communcicate more effectively, and gain a better understanding of what’s going on around us.  If epistemology is the philosophy of knowledge, then virtue epistemology is the philosophy of the excellent mind.  And the good news is – anyone can have one.

 


Two worlds under one roof

Two worlds under one roof.  How our differences drive conflict between us.

We’re all brought up with different ideas about how things should be done, from the banality of toothpaste tubes to more significant issues around parenting or punishing wrongdoing.  These differences can drive conflict – but it’s often nothing that a little conversation can’t help resolve.


Is Normality a kind of tyranny

Is normality a kind of tyranny? (COMING SOON)

Social norms often just embody what’s typical or seemingly natural in a particular society.  But when they take on a normalising quality, norms become a way of dividing the good from the bad, the normal from the abnormal, the deviant from the obedient.  Which begs a question:  if that’s the case, is normality a kind of tyranny?

 


Virtue Ethics

What can virtue ethics tell us about living the good life? 

The idea of living the good life has persisted across time and cultures, and there’s increasing evidence that living a good life also lays the foundations for wellbeing.  Virtue ethics offers an attractive option for both living well and being well.