The Center for Human Flourishing is an organization founded and run by Filipe Gonçalves Rocha for the promotion of human well-being and genuine happiness, from the individual level to human societies at larger and even global scales, including their relationship with the planet and other living beings.
This project was born form a deeply thought and long matured desire to help bring about a positive transformation to individual persons, small communites, societies, and ultimately the planet. In a world filled with so much unnecessary wrong and suffering, and with such a great potential for good, beauty, and flourishing, we intend to be a strong one among the many forces that are making a positive change in people’s lives and in the world.
Every day we see friends, family, colleagues, and strangers (and ourselves) suffering or being chained by our own and others’ afflicitons, unbalances, and disruptive emotions, not to speak of whole communities and even humanity as a whole living under limitations or oppressions originated by unbalanced minds and their destructive tendencies. We see that the root of all these problems, small to large, trivial to unprecedented, lies in the human mind and in its state of balance. And we understand that their solutions and the path to a better and happier life and world are in the study, understanding, transformation and improvement of our minds and ourselves. So, we made it our mission to help make this possible and real to any and all those that we can reach, to bring you training, education, guidance and resources that will inspire you and support you on your path of growth, flourishing and genuine happiness.
Wise and happy people will make a wiser and happier world.
And to us, every single life we help turn better is a true joy and a realization of our purpose.
At its core, the mission of the Center for Human Flourishing is to help everyone at our reach grow, develop, and transform into the best version of themselves, to overcome and leave behind the fetters and imbalances that hold us back and to achieve and realize our unique potential as human beings, in this way greatly reducing human suffering and actualizing genuine happiness. This is what Human Flourishing is about.
We believe that every person cares to be happy and free from suffering.
Our mission is to be a force and a helping hand in that direction.
Happiness and Mental Balance
If we want to be able to promote well-being and human flourishing, we need to understand what are its true causes. Although external and material conditions certainly play a vital role, we believe that the root of genuine happiness (and suffering) is in the mind. A more balanced mind – a mind with good values, wisdom, and a refined awareness – is more prone to constructive emotions and a spring of genuine happiness and well-being; while a more unbalanced mind – one with misleading values, delusion, and a scattered awareness – is more prone to destructive emotions and a source of turmoil and suffering. Therefore, we can identify mental balance as the root of either happiness or suffering, and this makes it our mission to promote and help cultivate mental balance to its best.
A force for good
We can understand mental balance as a spectrum, ranging from the extreme of the heavily unbalanced state of mental disorders, to exceptional mental balance and prime human flourishing, what Aristotle called Eudaimonia – the happiness of a good spirit.
Most of us find ourselves in the middle of the spectrum, between the two extremes: with a balanced enough mind to function properly, live and survive, but still very prone to destructive emotions, delusion, and unnecessary suffering.
Wherever each person finds him or herself along this spectrum, our aspiration is to be a force and a helping hand in the direction of balance, happiness and flourishing.