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Thriving is NOT simply "being able to deal with it". Use positive psychology for BEING well

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Thriving is NOT simply "being able to deal with it". Use positive psychology for BEING well
how often do you think "I KNOW everyone says I'm doing great/I'm successful/I'm amazing...but I just don't see it." Then you too could do with some help in being well!

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Martin Seligman

"When you remove depression from a person, you aren't left with a happy person...you're left with an empty person...sometimes people need to learn what BEING WELL is."

Martin Seligman

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Being well and flourishing

The act of "Being Well" (not "wellbeing") involves the five elements of "PERMA".

  • Positive Emotion
  • Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Meaning
  • Achievement

Learning these state shifts in addition to conventional tools to do well will help you feel great when objectively you may already be great.

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How to activate the elements of PERMA

Some tools Martin Seligman​ suggests are:

  • Sending a letter of gratitude to someone.
  • Intentionally use one of your strengths daily in an unusual way. For example, if your strength is hope and optimism, you could volunteer to teach or mentor.
  • Physical exercise, such as a walk or run.
  • Self-improvement through reading or taking a course.
  • Creativity - composing, art, dance crafts.
  • Focusing on friendships that energise you.
  • Reframing - choosing not to see things as 'good' or 'bad' but 'effective' or ineffective.'
  • Healthy substitutions you love within in easy reach.
  • Keeping positive pictures easily accessible.
  • Self-compassion - doing things that makes you feel warm and fuzzy, such as a bubble bath or a cup of tea.

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Thriving is more than managing

To flourish is not to "learn to manage."

It is to live daily in a state where you are able to really appreciate, celebrate, and value your accomplishments; where you know you have the inner strength and resilience to survive a crisis, rebuild when exhausted and still thrive.

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