The 25 Elements of Thriving

Posted by Joel Bennett on

A New Chemistry for Humanity’s Potential

The chemical table of elements or “periodic table” is the enduring heart of study within the field of chemistry. Through the table, students can begin to understand all the elements of our known physical universe, their properties, and their interactions.

Is it possible to have a "periodic table" for human thriving?

Consider the related areas of resilience, post-traumatic growth, neuro-plasticity, positive psychology, and flourishing. Our work at OWLS in these areas is scientific and practitioner-oriented. Our tools are tried and tested with wellness and related professionals who take our facilitator programs in RESILIENCE and HEALTH CONSCIOUSNESS or our new RESILIENCE COACHING program.

We see thriving as made up of two core processes – resilience and empowered health consciousness. In order to thrive, you cannot have one without the other. True to our scientific approach, our programs articulate specific methodical features of both resilience and health consciousness. Resilience is made up of five interdependent competencies: centering, confidence, commitment, compassion, and community. Health consciousness emerges across five phases: waking up, tuning up, leveling up, stepping up, and growing up.

A New Periodic Table for Our Stressful Age

The table below displays the cross-stitching of these two core processes in hopes of helping others navigate and pinpoint specific processes that may be highlighted or targeted for development. The more that people, groups, and other social actors focus on stress – and react or succumb to it – the more important it is that we hold up alternative aspirations that can be systematically pursued for the benefit of all.

25 Elements of Thriving Periodic Table

The table also has four highlighted features to further help focus for those who may be overwhelmed by the 25 different cells.
Wellness Lifestyle . At the center of the table lies the core of healthy habits and routines. These require the commitment of resilience and the motivation and energy to continually re-ignite these routines.
Healthy Alternatives . In our health consciousness classes, a primary “AHA” or recognition comes when students understand they have options. There is a rich array or spectrum of modalities they can use as opposed to addictive habits, unhealthy eating, and other processes that keep them from thriving.
Multicultural Resilience . Multiculturalism is part and parcel of the resilience process of community. True community can only occur with the respect and recognition and support of others despite any type of background factor. We learn from and celebrate the resilience born out of these differences.
Maturity in Wholeness . One potential purpose of “end-state” of thriving is to achieve what Halbert Dunn described as maturity in wholeness . That, as a result of integrating all our experiences of resilience and health consciousness, we get in touch with our wholeness.
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