Contributor: Melanie Schilling

We all want to make a meaningful impact on the world.

We want to leave a legacy; to take comfort in the fact that we can go to sleep at night, knowing we have made a difference. We want to pat ourselves on the back and feel proud of our accomplishments; we want bragging rights on our success and our impact.

In fact, it’s essential to our wellbeing. Martin Seligman, one of the fathers of positive psychology, cites ‘accomplishment’ as the fifth piece in the puzzle that underpins the science of wellbeing. Along with the essentials of positive emotion, engagement, positive relationships and meaning, Seligman’s research team have found that we need to feel a sense of achievement in order to thrive. Importantly, many of us feel the need to tick off our own Big Ticket Life Items in order to define ourselves and establish our identity as someone who matters. Read More