The beginning of a new year often presents us with an opportunity to think about the year ahead. What do we want to pay more attention to? What do we want to be the same? What do we want to stop? What do we want to start?
One theme that has been a very popular areas of research in recent times has been that of 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’.
These terms might particularly resonate at a personal level for many of you. Trying the get to the Christmas 'finish' line might have been really challenging. You might have felt quite fatigued, and in some ways, don't want 2017 to be a repeat of 2016. So...what can you stop, start or continue in 2017 to make sure wellbeing is one of your most important priorities?
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 visual 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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