Isaac Prilleltensky || The Need to Matter

In this episode, I talk to Isaac Prilleltensky about well-being and happiness. We start our discussion by highlighting the environment and community’s role in well-being instead of conceptualizing it as a purely individualistic construct. Isaac further elaborates on the dangers of mattering “too much” and why we need to balance personal and collective wellness. We also touch on the topics of fairness, social justice, humanistic psychology, and Isaac’s works as a humor writer.


Isaac Prilleltensky holds the inaugural Erwin and Barbara Mautner Chair in Community Well-Being at the University of Miami. He’s published 12 books and over 140 articles and chapters. His interests are in the promotion of well-being in individuals, organizations, and communities; and in the integration of wellness and fairness. His most recent book is How People Matter: Why It Affects Health, Happiness, Love, Work, and Society, co-authored with his wife, Dr. Ora Prilleltensky.



  • Isaac’s definition of well-being
  • Predictors of well-being and happiness
  • The need to matter 
  • Corrective justice to achieve equality
  • Me vs. We Culture
  • Fairness is a prerequisite for mattering 
  • Risks of glorifying grit and resilience 
  • Balancing liberty, fraternity, and equality for a self-actualized society
  • Democratize happiness 
  • The right and responsibility to matter
  • Psychology and the status quo
  • Isaac as a humor writer: smarter through laughter
  • Fun for Wellness 



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