In my view, flourishing is evident from the following characteristics
For children, it includes:
These characteristics are visible in small-band hunter-gatherers who represent 99% of human genus history and whom I use as a baseline for evolved human early care (the evolved developmental niche) which optimizes human development (see Narvaez, Panksepp, Schore & Gleason, 2013; Narvaez, Valentino, Fuentes, McKenna & Gray, 2014).
Pathways to child flourishing will take place at the University of Notre Dame, September 26-30, 2014. Upcoming posts will review the speakers who are presenting.
Of course, child flourishing is related to adult flourishing, which I think must include:
You can infer that I don't see people exploiting earth's resources as a sign of flourishing because they are consuming their (and everyone else's) habitat. This is a sign of pathological disorder, not flourishing. We can trace such disorder to misdevelopment in early life and epigenetic inheritances that shape personality towards anxiety and sense of insecurity.
For more about restoring human flourishing, see my forthcoming book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom.
Other posts about flourishing: