Thriving Global Communities
CultureSeed inspires and supports thriving global communities through experiential learning opportunities and transformational events.
There are countless communities around the world made up of individuals who seek a thriving life. While we each follow our own individual path, we are interconnected in a variety of ways through local and distant communities. Thriving communities are made up of a rich diversity of thriving individuals and while thriving can mean different things to different people, in general it can be described as:
A forward, purposeful motion towards our optimal potential for a happy, meaningful and fulfilling life. It’s not a destination, but a journey to strengthen internal and external elements that orient our lives in a positive way to support an integrated, whole person across all life stages. It entails developing self-awareness of our unique qualities to help guide us towards purposeful engagement of our talents, interests, and aspirations. Through such engagement, we can actively work towards our full potential and contribute to the common good of a thriving community.
Some key elements of thriving have been identified through research* as well as the intrinsic knowledge we each carry. These elements can help us understand what it means to thrive as individuals in a state of wellbeing. The information shared below is not intended to include every aspect of what’s important in each area but rather an outline to describe the essence of happiness. While not explicitly noted in the research, Cultureseed supports the idea that overarching all of these areas is a healthy eco-system and a rich spiritual life that supports a conscious connection to everyone and everything.
Life purpose/Career Wellbeing: Sharing your unique talents with the world.
Our daily work shapes a large portion of our life. People with a high level of satisfaction in this area have found their purpose and wake up feeling enthusiastic about how they are going to spend their day. They are excited to influence the world in a positive way and are passionate about the work they do. Thriving communities support and empower individuals towards reaching their full authentic potential and creating a life with happiness, meaning and fulfillment.
Social Wellbeing: Strong relationships and love in your life.
Our social wellbeing is highly influenced by the people around us, including our friends, co-workers, family and love interests. People with a high level of satisfaction in this category have strong social skills that help create positive, strong relationships and love in their life. These relationships are mutually beneficial, compassionate and strengthen our social circles and interactions with others. Thriving communities are rich in personal connections that foster feelings of belonging.
Financial Wellbeing: Self-sufficiency and effectively managing your economic life.
Financial well-being is about having the necessary resources to not only meet our basic needs (food, water, shelter, clothes, health) but also discretionary income for other important life goals. Those that have the highest level of satisfaction in this area effectively manage their resources to achieve financial wellbeing and security. While money doesn’t buy happiness, it is an important resource and we tend to be happier when we can manage our finances well and ensure our needs are met. Thriving communities provide resources and support to help people gain the skills necessary to sustainably support themselves and prosper.
Community Wellbeing: Engagement with the area where you live.
People who thrive in their community life, offer their strengths and passions for the betterment of others, the community and the earth that supports all of us. Involvement through service, helping others, sharing resources and other caring acts can result in a variety of positive impacts for community life. Thriving communities recognize our interdependence and the mutual exchange of talents and resources among diverse members. These communities provide opportunities for gaining skills and education to support community needs and readily engage and accept the contributions individuals share for the greater good of the community. Sharing and engaging with one another are essential ingredients for a thriving community.
Physical & mental Wellbeing: Health and energy to fulfill your potential on a daily basis.
People that thrive mentally and physically usually have healthy habits and a balanced lifestyle that includes exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and learning new life skills. Spirituality can also play a vital role in one’s connection to self, others and the world at large. Activities that increase our wellbeing in this area will help people feel and live better and ultimately contribute to every other area of our life. Thriving communities accept, encourage and celebrate unique development and expression for each individual with support to expand their physical and mental well-being.
Although these elements have been found to be universal across faiths, cultures, and nationalities, people take different paths to increase their individual wellbeing. While the things that motivate us in each of these areas differ greatly from one person to the next, the outcomes do not. Communities thrive when individuals have a sense of purpose, where physical, mental, social and economic needs are fulfilled, and where there is enough creative energy and time to serve the common good.
Gallup researchers found that while 66% of people are doing well in at least one of the five areas above, just 7% are thriving in all five. Only 1 in 6 adults (17 percent) worldwide were considered to be “thriving” in at least three of these five elements of well-being. CultureSeed seeks to enhance the lives of individuals in these areas and beyond so we can all contribute to thriving communities.
*There have been several studies and groups researching the concept of thriving. The information above is a compilation of information from various resources as well as our own content that Cultureseed finds inspiring and supportive of our vision and mission. We would like to acknowledge the various sources of information used above. The overall foundation of this information is based on a scientific study completed by Gallup. The Gallup study explored the common elements of wellbeing that transcend countries and cultures. This was a comprehensive global study of more than 150 countries, giving a lens into the wellbeing of more than 98% of the world’s population. Find more information about this study here. Additional information came from the Thrive Foundation, research conducted by Stanford University, and the Gallup Business Journal adapted from The Five Essential Elements of Wellbeing.