Have you thought about what it means to live the good life? It’s a pretty loaded question. No wonder philosophers, psychologists, and all sorts of other folks have been talking about it for years. It’s an important topic – if not *the* topic, and at times it feels like we’re no closer to any answers. I’m pretty sure that most of us are interested in living as well as possible, it’s just not easy to do, and there’s no agreement on how to do it.
Recently I was reading an old psychology book, and I was introduced to some of the theories of a mid 20th century psychologist, Carl Rogers. Rogers had a humanistic approach to psychology, and his ideas struck me as very relevant and compassionate. In particular, he had a whole view on what it takes to live a good or fulfilled life, and I was surprised to find myself agreeing with all of it.
Rogers laid out five concepts that must be embraced for a good life:
- Being fully open to experience
- Living in the present moment
- Trusting ourselves
- Taking responsibility for our choices
As you can probably see, Rogers put a lot of emphasis on self-expression, self-acceptance, and self-directed growth. I found his concepts of the good life to be empowering and positive. I think we could all use a little more of these things (I know I could!), and adopting them seems like a doable plan.
As usual with Blogthings, I like to think about what’s already going well in life, so I decided to write a quiz to see which concept of Rogers’ good life each of us are already embracing: How Do You Live the Good Life?
Take How Do You Live the Good Life? Do you agree with your result? What do you think of Rogers’ theory of the good life?