Invest in your Wellbeing – with the Lens of PERMA

In what ways can we make choices to invest in our wellbeing?

Over the past few months I have been taking courses in Positive Psychology through the University of Pennsylvania delivered by Coursera. Dr. Martin E. P. Seligman’s lectures, videos and research are at the center of these courses.

Wellbeing has five elements, which are referred to as PERMA , a theory developed by Dr. Martin Seligman.

No one of these elements defines well-being, each element does contribute.

Looking at these elements, when they are not present our wellbeing is impacted.

In finding new ways to move forward in our new world of work, each of the elements as they align with our values and purpose are key. In the center, are relationships and the importance of building connection.

In Barbara L. Fredrickson book Positivity she shares:

“Positivity opens us. The first core truth about positive emotions is that they open our hearts and minds, making us more receptive and more creative.”

In what ways can you incorporate greater PERMA in your life? For further reading on PERMA take a look at this article.

First and most important, be kind and patient with yourself. I believe the more we can look at those ways to be positive and celebrate achievements, no matter how small, we can show up as our best selves.

Be kind.
Be patient.
Be nourished in all you do.

Additional reading:

Flourish – A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Wellbeing, written by Martin E. P. Seligman, PhD

Positivity – Discover the Upward Spiral that will Change Your Life, written by Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD

Flow – The Psychology of Optimal Experience, written by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

At The Nourished Executive we coach business professionals and share strategies to invest in wellbeing, manage stress and prevent burnout. Our founder, Sharon K. Summerfield, is a holistic nutritionist and certified breath coach, with an extensive business background.  We have a strong commitment to giving back, investing in local community creating space for all students to consider careers in construction, science, technology, engineering and math. 


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