I was speaking to a client yesterday, and we discussed the concept of 'wellbeing'. And I remembered reading - well over 15 years ago - a definition of exactly that, attributed to Albert Camus (who died in 1960), which I have never forgotten... he suggested an individual needs just four things to 'be well', and lead a happy, fulfilling and satisfying life. These four conditions are:
- Life in the open air
- Love for another being
- Freedom from ambition
This contrasts neatly with another four traits identified, in a much more recent study, as defining the happiness and wellbeing of an individual. They are:
Contrast they may well do but, in my humble opinion, they sufficiently resonate with each other to suggest that the anti-nihilist Camus was onto something, despite his lack of empirical evidence...
For the more evidence-based stuff, see here: https://www.psychalive.org/the-secret-to-happiness-and-well-being/