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Description

Seek to understand your basic needs and then find effective ways of fulfilling them.

For example:

  • Look after your own health. Stay fit, taking regular exercise. Eat and drink moderately.
  • Build a safe and secure home base, including a cushion of savings you can use to help out when times get tough.
  • Look after your family, keeping good relations with everyone and mediating in disputes to find equitable resolutions.
  • Join clubs, societies and generally find circles of stable friends to which you can belong. Take time to cement these relationships and so build their trust and esteem.
  • Keep learning and developing yourself so you can achieve your potential, becoming what you are capable of becoming.

Discussion

Needs are very fundamental human drivers that are beneath much of what we do. You can take many actions and trace them directly back to specific needs. It hence seems to be a simple approach to happiness to deliberately address individual needs.

Although Maslow's Hierarchy is the most common needs model, it has not been researched that well. Tay and Diener (2011) did a wide research across 123 countries, examining the connection between the fulfilment of needs and subjective well-being, specifically including life evaluation, positive feelings, and negative feelings. They found that:

  • Life evaluation were most associated with fulfilling basic needs.
  • Positive feelings were most associated with social and respect needs.
  • Negative feelings were most associated with basic, respect, and autonomy needs.

See also

Needs

 

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