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What Is PERMA Model

What Is PERMA Model

In 2012, Dr. Martin Seligman, a pioneer of positive psychology, proposed a theory of wellbeing, known as the Perma model:

• Positive emotion

• Engagement

• Relationship

• Meaning

• Accomplishment

You can be happy,

if you choose to be happy.


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Positive emotion

Positive emotion

Positive emotions, such as joy, hope, love, and gratitude are indicators of happiness.

Here's how you generate them:

• Reflect on what you're grateful for

• Spend time with loved ones

• Listen to uplifting music

• Do activities you enjoy


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When you are in flow, absorbed in an activity, you are engaged.

When you respond to challenges with your strengths, it puts you in a flow state.

• Learn your strengths and use them

• Do activities you love

• Live in the moment


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As a social creature, you need to feel supported, loved, and valued by others:

Improve your relationships to increase intimacy, wellbeing, and satisfaction.

• Join a class or group

• Reconnect with past friends

• Learn something new about a friend


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To be truly happy, you need to have a purpose.

To serve something greater than yourself gives you a sense of value and worth.

To increase meaning:

• Get involved in a cause that matters

• Use your passion to help others

• Volunteer your time and skills


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You feel accomplished when you set challenging goals and work to achieve them.

Intrinsic goals lead to more significant gains in wellbeing than extrinsic goals.

• Set SMART goals

• Take consistent action

• Reflect on your past wins


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