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What is a Good Life and the Good Lives Model?

What is a Good Life and the Good Lives Model?

Research tell us that people from all over the world tend to want pretty similar things in life in order to feel happy and satisfied. We also know that when people are happy with their lives, they’re less likely to get into trouble.

The Good Lives Model tells us that everyone needs to feel satisfied in a few different areas of their life to feel good.

This model was developed by Professor Tony Ward, and the version of the model we’re sharing was adapted by G-map for young people to use.

Sometimes, if we don’t find good, healthy ways to feel satisfied, we might use unhelpful or harmful ways instead. 

These may help us feel better in the moment, but over time they can hurt other people and ourselves.

Good Lives Model
Here are the main ideas from the Good Lives Model for young people

Being healthy and safe

Being healthy and safe

Having fun and achieving

Having fun and achieving

Being my own person

Being my own person

Having purpose and making a difference

Having purpose and making a difference

Having people in my life

Having people in my life

Think about the things you need for a good life – how do they fit with the sections above? If you’ve come up with something that doesn’t seem to fit into any of the sections, it doesn’t matter – everyone’s different!

But many people do want similar things – we have similar needs in life, we just have different ways of meeting those needs. 

For example, one person might meet their need for “having fun and achieving” by playing their guitar, while someone else learns TikTok dances. The activities are different, but we do them for the same reason and they meet the same need.

We’ve created a Good Lives Plan, to help you work out how you meet your needs and set goals for living a healthy life.

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