We all want a well mind and to be blessed with beautiful thinking.
To be well-balanced where we exhibit kindness and goodwill is something we can all strive for.
There is a 5 letter word that is made up of all the vowels to describe this state of being and it is eunoia.
Goodwill to others, perceived or real
A good spirit
A well mind
The world would be a much better place if we all employed eunoia in our daily dealings with each other and especially on social media platforms where hatred is commonplace. The idea of a compassionate society, even in the thick of a pandemic, seems to be largely absent and mental health has suffered.
And yet, deep down, despite all the conflicts, insecurities and discrimination, as Kurjak et al (2021) remind us,
Humans are a species that has evolved to thrive on love, trust, empathy, compassion and solidarity associated with spirituality, interconnectedness, interdependency, trust and cooperation
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, “Aristotle uses the term “eunoia” to refer to the kind and benevolent feelings of goodwill that a spouse has and that form the basis for the ethical foundation of human life.”
As part of our self-care and ‘manifesting happy’ (Sage, 2021) we need to devote serious time to developing eunoia.
Eunoia is a great word for Scrabble too when you’ve been lumbered with 5 vowels!