My name is Gareth. I am a psychologist working in the area of mental health promotion in South Australia.
In 2017, I started a new job, not realising at the time that the new job would trigger in me a strong interest in understanding what constitutes a rewarding and satisfying life and how to build such a life.
As I started thinking about what constitutes a rewarding and satisfying life, I realised it was incredibly multifactorial and I needed a good framework or scaffold on which to put everything I was learning about the topic. I started building that framework in my head.
Eventually I got to the point where I felt I had a decent enough framework to start sharing it. It wasn’t that I felt that I had solved the challenge of defining a rewarding and satisfying life, it was simply that I finally felt I had something to share on the topic. Hence this blog.
My goal with this blog is to write a book on ‘Mental Fitness’. Mental Fitness is the term I use to broadly describe the things we can do to ‘train our mind’. There are many ways to train one’s mind, but central to them all seems to be a desire for mastery of some kind. Mastery of topic, self, mind, emotion, meaning, body, choices and behaviour. We might all be trying to master something different and going about it in different ways, but we seem connected by a inner drive to be more competent. So I write about it.
Originally, I was writing ‘chapter-by-chapter and publishing those drafts to this site. However, it turns out that working sequentially wasn’t the best method. Instead I now just provide direct access to my book contents via a shared Google Doc. You can check in at any point and see where I am at in terms of narrative, chapters and content.
I am also using this site as a regular blog. You can visit the blog feed page where I will post content related to my own learning along the way. This might include books I’ve read, ideas or concepts I’ve encountered and updates on the progress of the book. I see the book as a culmination of my own learning, but I don’t intend to stop learning anytime soon.
Finally I’ve also created a ‘stuff I like‘ page where I document websites, apps, podcasts, people and other stuff that is baked into my life and that I recommend to others. You don’t have the like the same stuff as me but you might find something in my relatively short list that is helpful to you.
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