What does thriving mean to you?
From time to time we interview people about what makes them “thrive.” These are some of those interviews.
A degree of happiness and satisfaction. Doing reasonably well. Reaching some goals. Liking the place you're in. Still having some goals and being able to look forward to the future and not thinking its complete. I think of thriving as being fortunate. Being lucky, being healthy, and hard work are part of being fortunate, of thriving.
How do you know when you are thriving?
Feeling fortunate. I don't think we are always thriving. Having things happen for you that you expect is fortunate. We don't always have control over it. Grateful is a response to being fortunate.
Doing well. Being healthy. If you want to do well (thrive), after a certain point in life, you have to keep working at it, exercising and stuff like that. And also your head, you have to keep exercising your head. I do puzzles, I read, I work out and walk and go to the gym. I try to get around people who are talking about interesting things. Following one's own inspired path - whatever makes you happy. You know it when you see it. Some people are just more alive. Feeling to be a part of life energy that's all around us, I feel a connection to this life energy that is all around.
Prioritizing my self and my own happiness after having a breakdown that helped me get out of an abusive relationship. Being able to step away from people and situations that are hurtful. Valuing myself. To be the kind of person I've always wanted to be. Being able to be very independent is important to my thriving.
It means all over happiness and still learning. My health is good. Eating right (Pritiken diet). My mother's family all died of heart and artery diseases. Working out and having muscles/fitness. Realizing my dream (something like a children's camp - a destination to hang out and be healthy). It's more than I ever dreamed it would be. Knowing I couldn't have done it any better.
Surviving is the first thing that came to mind because I think thriving is surviving. Thriving is nourishing, cultivating oneself. . . I really don't know. Knowing that things go as they should. Getting excited about the little things.