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The PERMA Model

You’ll notice that this theory of Psychological Well-Being has many similarities to Carol Ryff’s Six-Factor Model of Psychological Well-Being. To be certain, there are some universal components to what it takes to be, well, happy. What we can glean from both of these models is the multifaceted approach to happiness: we can’t simply find it from one, single piece of our lives. But when we combine multiple components of happiness, when we have different tools and skills to add to our foundation, we can slowly begin to put the puzzle pieces together. And ultimately we’re building resilience here—piece by piece, we’re creating a life that allows us to flourish. (Without the use of alcohol, to boot!)

Today, consider how you can begin cultivating improvement in these five categories: positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment. Can you improve in one of these categories today, by just 1%? That will get you 1% closer to your goals in no time, my friend.

Ackerman, C. (2020.) What is Positive Psychology & Why is It Important?

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