Intrinsic versus extrinsic goals (DW#997)

While setting targets and achieving goals is an important part of the PERMA model of wellbeing, it is important to remember that achievement of some goals will add to wellbeing while others not so much.

Seligman’s research has confirmed that achieving intrinsic goals (such as personal growth and connection with others) leads to larger gains in wellbeing than external goals such as having more money or achieving fame.

Accomplishment also leads to an increased sense of wellbeing when it includes self-discipline, working and setting goals, striving and challenging yourself to persevere in the face of challenges.

In other words, even small victories that are hard won lead to a greater sense of accomplishment and wellbeing than easy successes.

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