Map is a compass for happiness, with simple and scientifically validated features including:
MAP is based on the following insight:
How you think about yourself and the world around you influences the decisions you make and actions you take.
This cognitive process applies to much of life, including feeling happier and having better wellbeing.
What makes MAP unique is its:
Your Wellbeing - which includes your Happiness - is made up of many individual domains in your life.
MAP divides these domains into key areas called "spheres".
Each of us has 5 main spheres: relationship, family, self, work, community.
Balanced and Centered
MAP represents the 5 spheres as overlapping like this:
When you take MAP, you will see a brief animation to understand this visually.
Importance of being centered Centered wellbeing may be thought of like your body temperature.
Factors - such as blood flow to your skin and cells that produce body heat - connect together to maintain your temperature at around 37° C / 98.6° F.
So when it’s cold outside your body will adapt. For example, your skin will adapt by receiving less blood flow, which makes your body heat less able to escape. This action shifts the balance to keep heat inside your body and maintain your temperature.
It’s the same with happiness and wellbeing. So when you have a strong and meaningful vision for your life, for example, your self sphere is helping you to be centered and feel happier and better about your life.
Feeling happier about your life and better wellbeing begins with the 1st question that MAP asks you:
1. Do you feel satisfied with who you are?
- Always - Mostly - Regularly - Occasionally - Rarely - Never
Sure, this can seem like any old survey question. But dig deeper, something more fundamental is at work. The scientific research has identified 3 key mechanisms that drive MAP:
This is a state of mind where you notice and discover new things. It makes you feel involved and engaged in your life. And rather than focusing on the past or future, you feel more aware of the present.
2) Positive Goals
MAP helps you to choose and set positive goals - not someone else’s goals, but goals that you deeply care about, and that are consistent with your personal values and authentically yours.
When you have positive goals, you focus your mind on expectations of what you want to happen, not what you're avoiding. This makes you feel empowered and have more control over your life.
3) Positive Emotions
Positive emotions - like gratitude, compassion, pride, joy, satisfaction, enthusiasm, vision, meaning and purpose – expand our life experience and lead to an upward spiral that broadens your thought, decision and action choices.
Negative emotions narrow your life experience to coping with immediate threats or problems. Positive emotions, in contrast, are usually not critical to your safety or survival.
But as they build up, they become more important in your life. For example, idle curiosity can become expert knowledge. Shared amusement with another person can become a lifelong supportive relationship.
So when you answer MAP questions, there’s an immediate and profound impact because:
MAP is smart and operates through sophisticated layers of analysis. It takes into account that happiness and wellbeing are complex - but then makes feeling happier and better wellbeing simple and easy to understand and put in practice. It does the heavy lifting and breaks down your commitments and relationships in a way that can help you to implement actionable improvements. It’s like having a wise confidant in your pocket.
Under the hood of MAP is a scientifically validated algorithmic analysis that produces a Wellbeing Report, which includes:
Your current wellbeing - which includes your happiness -
Based on your Score, you receive:
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Access your personal dashboard anytime, anywhere to:
The scientifically validated MAP algorithmic analysis understands the complexity of happiness and wellbeing, where different factors, like emotions, thoughts, and feelings have impact. MAP’s algorithm works on the sphere level, and the sub-sphere level.
MAP models a human life as an open system comprised of interconnected domains, each of which must be balanced within the individual domain itself and between the other domains of:
Each domain has four sub-domains, making a total of twenty sub-domains. States of well-being cross-feed within and between the entire 5 domains, and 20 sub-domains. Your wellbeing is a rich system incandescent with a dynamic interplay of experiences, emotions, and states of wellbeing. For example, what you feel and experience in the classroom affects how you interact with your family, and vice versa.
Figure 2: A schematic of Centeredness Theory's Self domain
The Self is at the center of our wellbeing because it is from the Self that we have a sense of identity and the aspiration to achieve meaningful goals.
The sub-domains for Self are:
These sub-domains define the way our Self expresses our personal individuality in the world through our sense of meaning and purpose.
The four domains that orbit Self also feed into the Self and vice versa, in a two way reciprocal flow. For example, the sub-domain awareness in the Self domain feeds into the sub-domain understanding in the Relationship domain and vice versa.
To be centered, balance is required between the five domains, and that balance must exist within our domains on the sub-domain level, and between our domains. To achieve balance meaningful goals must exist inside each domain followed by a meaningful advancement towards those goals.
Higher wellbeing is achieved when we have meaningful goals in all five domains and when balance is achieved within and between our five domains through thought and behavior that is congruent.
The science of how to create a quality goal is extensive and instructional:
So every goal that we set in each of our five domains must be intrinsic and self-generated, approach oriented, and congruent with our personal values.
Pivotal to crafting a meaningful goal is the role of our imagination because it is the source of our ideas, inspirations, and aspirations.
Well-being and Imagination
In the last eight years, insight into meaningful goals has burgeoned thanks to neuroscience and the discovery of the Default Mode Network, and the discovery that the future plays a pivotal role in our wellbeing.
The Default Mode Network spans areas in your brain that are more active during times of rest compared to times of cognitive activity. It is a dynamic and rich neural network that spans deep, wide and long neural real estate and is activated when you recall a memory or envision a future event. Time, from the perspective of the Default Mode Network, is not linear and because of its discovery the field of psychology is undergoing a second revolution called Prospection or Future-Mindedness.
Until recently, psychology posited that only the past and the present were relevant to mental-health, but with this new understanding of the brain and the hitherto unknown role of the future on mental-health, we may have a skeleton key to access deep insight into clinical work like depression and develop a vastly better understanding of how to flourish.
Future-Mindedness also helps to explain aspects of Centeredness Theory, because in CT each life domain is pinioned to our identity and aspirations for the future and informed by rich emotions that buttress wellbeing. Together, meaningful goals can help us to shape our local community and the type of world we’d like to be a part of. When Mahatma Gandhi advised to be the change that we want to see in the world it was a concise and elegant reflection of System’s Theory, Future-Mindedness, and Centeredness Theory in action.
Your Wellbeing is an Ecosystem
If you visualize the CT mandala-like diagram above, and visualize you and your colleague’s mandala interlocking with yours through the work domain, you can see that we are all interconnected and enabled by the connections that we share with others.
Wellbeing and happiness are contagious across three degrees of separation. Your wellbeing and happiness not only affect those around you at work but even your colleague’s husband and his immediate social network. Gandhi was more right than we could have ever predicted.Start MAP NOW
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