Wellbeing and the PERMA model
One of the most popular areas of research at the moment relates to wellbeing. With an increasing prevalence of stress in the workplace, higher levels of burnout, and higher instances of people suffering anxiety and depression, there are many experts sharing their thinking on wellbeing, and what people can do to help themselves to ‘flourish’.
Positive psychologist Professor Martin Seligman has spent many years researching ‘happiness’. Positive Psychology suggests that happiness is the natural result of building up our well-being and satisfaction with life. His studies have helped him identify 5 building blocks of well-being. Each of these elements is essential to our well-being and satisfaction with life. Together, they form the solid foundation upon which we can build a happy and flourishing life.
He calls his model the PERMA model :
- P – positive emotion
- E – engagement
- R – relationships
- M – meaning
- A – achievement
We have drawn an info graphic with simple reminders about the PERMA model, and have also identified a range of questions to help leaders use the PERMA model as a lens to assess the contribution they are having to the wellbeing of their team.
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