"I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived...I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life." Henry David Thoreau
What does it mean to live life more fully?
When Randy Pausch delivered his "Last Lecture" at Carnegie Mellon on September 18, 2007, he modeled his talk after a series of lectures by top academics asked to give a "final talk" as if it were their last opportunity to speak to the world. In Pausch's case, his providing a"last lecture" was all the more poignant given that the popular teacher and lecturer was dying of pancreatic cancer. Though he lived long enough to repeat his lecture on the Oprah Winfrey show and to co-author a book based on his talk(link is external) which became a best-seller, the message he imparted, and his central theme "Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams" continues to resonate with fans and admirers around the world.
It was one of these admirers, David Dozois of the University of Western Ontario, who was inspired by Pausch's message to write a new article about positive psychology and the art of living fully. Based on his outgoingaddress as president of the Canadian Psychological Association, Dozois decided to step outside the "comfort zone" of his own research (he is a clinician specializing in the cognitive roots of depression) both with his address and the article, which was recently published in the journal, Canadian Psychology
To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post.