We’ve just run across this tweet by the brilliant 826 Valencia, a San Francisco-based organisation that promotes writing skills for young people. It was created by 9 year old Julissa and shows her take on “the good life”:
We love this because (aside from being pretty darn adorable) Julissa has managed to create in what we’re guessing was a few minutes what it’s taken our researchers years to refine: a framework of the capabilities people need to create a good life. They might differ a little bit, but all the important pieces are there:
|Our capabilities||Julissa’s good life|
|Relationships: capability to build and sustain relationships||Helping family; helping friends (We hope they help you too, Julissa)|
|Work & learning: capability to participate in structured learning and working activities||Have a job; good school (no skipping class, no hitting)|
|Community & environment: capability to participate in and contribute to community events and one’s local living environment||Helping people; helping the earth; growing plants (with the intent to feed others, it looks like?)|
|Health & vitality: capability to enjoy life while maintaining positive self esteem and good health||Exercise; eat good food (fruits and vegetables); good behaviour (happy and excited)|
So well done Julissa! You’ve got a real talent for distilling the universal down to a few simple points. And trust us, we know how hard it can be.