Surviving is the minimum requirement for what it takes to get by in life. Thriving is excelling beyond survival; to prosper and flourish despite your circumstances. Someone who is simply trying to survive is accepting their present conditions as their fate. On the other hand, someone who is thriving is successful, happy, and healthy because they refused to accept their previous conditions as their fate. Now let's imagine if all the members of any of our communities were complacent with survival. The entire system would deteriorate, if not cease to function due to the lack of effort inputted. Think of a community which every member is optimizing their contributions to the greater good. It may seem like utopia, but an effective, smooth-running system and community is attainable with a healthy outlook and impulse.