What is Life Buoyancy?

Life buoyancy is a positive psychology construct that characterises optimal wellbeing and resilience within a changing, complex and information overloaded world.

An individual is life buoyant when they are able to:

engage with life in a productive, meaningful and passionate manner, but at the same time, experience durable life satisfaction and contentment, even in the face of stress or adversity.

Across a lifetime, individuals who are life buoyant attain higher levels of productivity, improved wellbeing and life satisfaction, even when faced with the stressful demands of life. As well, they experience fewer mental health problems and are far less likely to engage with at-risk, socially deviant and poor health oriented behaviours. Not only does enhanced life buoyancy have profound benefits for the individual, but the economic and social benefits of life buoyancy cascade through the educational, child protection, rehabilitation, justice and welfare systems.  Increased expression of life buoyancy is associated with:

  • Increased personal and collective productivity and achievement at school, education and work.
  • More fulfilling and less conflicting interpersonal relationships.
  • Reduced mental health issues.
  • Reduced use and/or abuse alcohol and drugs.
  • Enhanced self-esteem and confidence.
  • Reduced contact with the criminal justice system and mental health services.
  • Experience of personal autonomy and self-determination.