Flourishing

Flourishing

We’ve got a really cool concept within the Positive Psychology realm to talk about today, but first, I need you to hop back to this article about PERMA if you missed it yesterday. Get a quick refresher and we’ll meet back here—sound good? I’ll wait.


Alright, are we all refreshed on the five components of our man Martin Selimen’s PERMA Model of Psychological Well-Being?


  1. Positive emotions

  2. Engagement

  3. Relationships

  4. Meaning

  5. Achievement


Fantastic. So today, let’s dig into what these five components yield when we’re knocking them all out of the park. In the field of Positive Psychology, they call it “flourishing.”


The great thing about Positive Psychology (PP for short, if you will) is that it really is quite accessible—I’m going to venture to guess that you already have some concept of what I’m talking about when I say “flourishing,” because it’s a word we use in our vocabulary already. Many of the concepts within PP are not all that novel, but the intentionality and implementation of them may be.


When we describe flourishing, we mean that you have checked all of your boxes, you have multifaceted well-being in all five areas of PERMA, and you are living #goals. You feel great—happiness and contentment are feelings you experience daily, you feel passionate and connected to others and to the world, and your strengths and talents are being well utilized.


“Flourishing is the product of the pursuit and engagement of an authentic life that brings inner joy and happiness through meeting goals, being connected with life passions, and relishing in accomplishments through the peaks and valleys of life.” -Dr. Lynn Soots