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Does Your Life Measure Up To What UN Says It Should Be?

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What does your life look like?  Are you fulfilled?
Here are some qualities that the U.N. and other world organizations say are important for healthy children and adults.   They are gearing this more towards developing nations.  And yet, doesn\’t this hold true for all of us?
Do you have the following qualities in your life?  If so, then reinforce them and express gratitude. If not then, why not brainstorm how you can have (or give!) more appreciation or adventure in your life.

Enjoy this special journey of life….

Autonomy – I have a sense of my own independence and uniqueness.

Appreciation – I feel respected and valued for who I am – and respect others.

Agency – My choices have meaning/significance, and I am able to make decisions that impact me.
Achievement – I have opportunities and am encouraged to work at my highest and best level.
Attachment  – I have relationships in all aspects of my life for which I care, and by which I am cared for.
Altruism – I have the means/opportunities to express my caring for others through specific acts/attitudes.
Adventure – I have opportunities to exercise curiosity and am encouraged to try new experiences/ideas.
Aliveness – I am filled with vitality, play, a sense of being alive!
Awe – I feel wonder, peace and connection with the world around me.

This list was created by the organization, Learning for Well-being, in Brussels, Belgium.

In terms of policy, the creation of Learning for Well-being took inspiration from the resolutions adopted by major international bodies: The World Health Organization describes a state to be achieved by defining health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity”. The United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) emphasizes a child’s right to achieve their full potential and participate in decisions that affect their lives. The ‘four pillars of learning’, as defined in the 1996 report to UNESCO by the International Commission on Education for the 21st Century, Learning: the Treasure Within: learning to know, learning to do, learning to be and learning to live together underline learning as process. The Council of Europe has described well-being as a universal human right, using the phrase “Well-being for All” to encompass individual well-being as well as societal and global well-being, extending to future generations.