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Living An Enriched Life

Welcome to  the Hayden Center For Educational Excellence.   

My name is Lee Hayden and I’m very pleased you are visiting my website.  I hope you will visit again and again.  Please feel free to contact me by mobile phone at 702-945-1294 or by email at  

Do you want to be happier?
Want to experience a more meaningful life?

Even from a very young age, we human beings affirm that human life is precious  - even sacred. It’s because of the deeply rootedness of this  affirmation that happiness and meaning are of paramount importance.   By deeply rooted, we mean this affirmation is an integral part and at the deepest level of the human condition and it is shared, without exception,  by all human beings.   Abraham Maslow’s hierarchical chart of human needs, presented below, is a well-accepted identification of the human condition.  

The graphical depiction of the human condition as a triangle with hierarchical levels/various symbols  indicates that fulfillment of the happiness and meaning need is a struggle.

Our conscious intelligence observes that
  1) life is a struggle against chaos
2) many people endure the struggle and find happiness and meaning.

Thus, our conscious intelligence observes some people finding happiness and meaning but many other people finding various levels of discouragement and loss of motivation.

As we already know or will discover, reframing observations can sometimes provide better clarity.  Therefore, our reframed observations see some people conforming to their environment, other people adapting, and still other people learning from and changing their environment.  If we are an astute observer, we become aware that the people generally  categorized as learning from their environment frequently conform to their environment.  Still further observations lead to the conclusion that this latter group of people know when to learn and when to conform, i.e., they are able to make wise choices.  The group fixed on conforming is least wise and makes poor choices related to finding happiness and meaning.

Clearly, the quality of a person’s life is directly proportional to the quality of  choices made by that person.  Most people confess making multiple  poor choices. Some people are able to recover from poor choices, but many are not. You may be a person who has make some poor choices and now desires to make a mid-course correction to achieve a more meaningful life.  Or, you may be a young person who is starting their life and  recognizes  the critical  importance of dialog with a life coach or mentor.  Or, you may be a troubled person with a major need of guidance.  

Unfortunately, consistently making wise choices can be  an elusive and potentially difficult task.  The problem is that our choices emerge from beliefs within our personal belief system.  We are consciously aware of some beliefs but other beliefs exists without our  conscious awareness, That is, this latter group of beliefs exist partially or totally unconsciously.   Each belief in our personal belief system is traceable to and reflects a personal value.

Principle #1.  Our personal belief system contains beliefs and values that limit our personal growth to a higher level of consciousness.

If you are a person seeking a more meaningful life, then:

 Your first task is an acute characterization of your personal belief system
(recognizing individual beliefs and values as they presently exist)


Your second task is achievement of a higher level of consciousness
by enmeshment in the repetitive process of being, doing, and becoming
(changing individual beliefs and values).

 If you want to talk about your situation, please phone me at 702-945-1294.


The Hayden Center provides three programs designed to provide increasing levels of lifestyle enrichment:  self-actualization, your personal true-self, or your community true-self. The self-actualization program is applicable to the majority of students seeking a happier and more meaningful life.  This particular program is designed to fulfill the needs outlined in Maslow’s concept of the human condition.

It is anticipated that a student satisfactorily completing each course in the full complement of courses in the self-actualization program will have discovered a happier and more meaningful life. However, recognizing that students have various staring points, it is also  anticipated that many students may not need the full complement of courses to achieve their desired level of happiness and meaning.

The Table 1 below characterizes the personality of a self-actualized person. The characterization includes  thoughts, beliefs, and values.


Human beings have a conscious awareness of each hierarchical need and strive to fullfill each need in the ascending order shown.  The need for happiness and meaning, depicted by the vertical yellow arrow, is a reminder that this need is embedded in each hierarchical level.  Weak fullfillment of the happiness and meaning need can possibly occur at the physiological level,  but true fulfillment occurs at the self-actualization level.

Table 1.  The Self-Actualized Person


Stands tall, sits tall, shoulders back, and relaxed posture


Possesses high self-esteem, high self-awareness, and self-efficacy


Possesses, maintains, and builds caring relationships including special partner, family, extended family, and friends


Documents contribution to a cause greater than himself/herself for each lifespan phase

See note 2


Posseses high cognitive intelligence including knowledge equivalent to the great disciplines courses at both a university and the Hayden Center

See note 1


Possesses high emotional intelligence including knowledge equivalent to Hayden Center course


Possesses high social intelligence


Possesses high moral intelligence including knowledge equivalent to Hayden Center course


Documents vision of himself/herself for each past and future lifespan phase

See note 2


Documents self-assessment journal for each lifespan phase

See note 2


Possesses excellent working vocabulary and diction

Table 1 Notes


Great disciplines are theology, philosophy, physics, chemistry, biology, psychology, and sociology


Lifespan phases are childhood, adolescence, maturity, and scenescence