This infographic guide from Bailey & French introduces the PERMA model of wellbeing, a recent evidence-based model of what supports people to flourish and thrive. It was developed by Martin Seligman based on significant research, and outlines the five pillars that contribute to positive wellbeing.
Positive emotions: These are usually considered as ‘nice to haves’—but research has shown that they are vital to our positive psychological wellbeing and have numerous benefits for our cognitive ability as well as our overall health.
Engagement: When we are immersed in particular activities that play to our strengths, we can experience a state called ‘flow’. When we are in flow we perform at our peak and experience less anxiety. This pillar covers the environment we need to create for this to be possible every day.
Relationships: Having positive relationships with a depth of understanding and respect has many benefits in terms of collaboration and having a sense of support.
Meaning: When we can define a purpose in life, we can more easily access positive meaning in every moment.
Accomplishment: Accomplishments are often the small things that we have made significant effort towards, and they boost us in many ways by feeling productive and sense of moving forward.
According to the PERMA model, the five pillars together result in people experiencing positive wellbeing and developing greater resilience to life’s challenges.
More and more organisations are looking to positive psychology to help look at what's right with us as opposed to simply fixing what's wrong. This article summarises such wellbeing initiatives and recommends areas to focus on.
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These notebooks are designed to bring wellbeing to the front of your mind. They're filled with little points to reflect upon, based on the PERMA model of wellbeing, prompting you to consider how your work and wellbeing connect.
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