Simply put, flourishing is feeling good and functioning well.
When someone is flourishing they experience positive emotions, positive interest and engagement with the world around them, and meaning and purpose in their lives most of the time.
Evidence suggests that people who are flourishing are less at risk of physical and mental health problems and have better social relationships.
Although we don’t have data on flourishing in New Zealand the European and United States experience would suggest that around 80% of New Zealand’s population may be experiencing sub optimal mental health.
According to Dr Martin Seligman, commonly known as the founder of Positive Psychology, there are five elements that can help people reach a life of fulfilment, happiness, and meaning.
The acronym for this is PERMA:
To find out more on the PERMA model visit the Positive Psychology Programme website or watch this video from Martin Seligman.
How to apply the PERMA model
According to the Positive Psychology Programme being aware of the PERMA model is the first step to applying this theory into you life. They recommend that you keep referring back to the five elements of the model to help you apply it to each aspect of your life.
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