Meliorism (How to Make Things Better)

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Do you know what Meliorism is? Can this philosophy better your mental health? Join us in a conversation with Sarah Soyeju about how incorporating Meliorism into your life can have positive effects.

If you want to learn more about how Meliorism can actually make your brain happy, then this episode is for you!

Here are two reasons why you should listen to the full episode:

  1. Discover what Meliorism is.
  2. Understand how you can incorporate this philosophy into your life. 


  • Connect with Sara Soyeju:
  • Instagram & Facebook: @ediblepsychology
  • Work Mentioned:
  • Pawelski, J. O. (2006, March). Mitigation and construction: Toward a balanced meliorism. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. San Antonio, TX.
  • (Very Academic) Kahneman, D., & Tversky, A. (1979). Prospect theory: An analysis of decision under risk. Econometrica, 47, 263-291.
  • (Lay person-ish) Kahneman, D. (2011). Thinking, fast and slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
  • (PERMA) Seligman, Martin E. P. Learned Optimism: How to Change Your Mind and Your Life. New York: Vintage Books, 2006

Episode Highlights

What is Meliorism? 

  • Meliorism is the idea that through intentional effort things can get better in your life.
  • There are two key ideas with Meliorism
    • The first is to do more good.
    • The second is to do less bad. 
  • Focus your intentions and efforts on doing more good and stopping the bad. 

How Can You Incorporate Meliorism Into Your Life? 

  • You can focus on things that add more good into your life,
  • Watch comedy.
    • This brightens your mood,
  • Have positive relationships.
    • Have people around you who make you feel good,
  • Try volunteering for something you are passionate about. 
  • Create small goals that you can accomplish.
    • Shows that you can achieve when you intentionally set your mind to something. 

5 Powerful Quotes from This Episode

“Through intentional human effort things can get better”

“Things don’t always have to be good and things don’t always have to be bad. Things are what they are”.

“When we suffer a loss…We feel that loss twice as much as an equal gain”.

“Have people around you who are actually healthy”.

“Although difficult times happen, there are things I can intentionally help in my life to get better”.

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