Wellbeing events

How we use aspects of Positive Psychology

Positive psychology is a relatively new branch of psychology that shifts the focus from what is clinically wrong, to the promotion of wellbeing and the creation of a satisfying life filled with meaning, pleasure, engagement, positive relationships and accomplishment.
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We aim to list wellbeing experiences & offerings that help you achieve the intended outcome – “…the promotion of wellbeing and the creation of a satisfying life filled with meaning, pleasure, engagement, positive relationships and accomplishment.”

 

To do this, each listing is categorised using the PERMATheory of Wellbeing model, which defines five important building blocks of wellbeing and happiness:

  • Positive emotions – feeling good.

Including hope, interest, joy, love, compassion, pride, amusement, and gratitude.

Activities: exercise, meeting friends, being out in nature, seeing sights, sounds, smells, tastes…

  • Engagement – being completely absorbed in activities.

Living in the present moment and focusing entirely on the task at hand.

Activities : brain games, yoga, meditation, playing an instrument, writing/drawing/painting…  

  • Relationships – being authentically connected to others

Feeling supported, loved, and/or valued by others.

Activities : catching up with friends/family/colleges, chatting over the good ‘ol times, showing empathy, … 

  • Meaning – purposeful existence.

Belonging and/or serving something greater than ourselves.
Activities : spiritual engagement, volunteering, donating your time, teaching others, … 

 

  • Achievement – a sense of accomplishment and success.

Achievement, mastery, competence, attaining goals
Activities : organising and making task lists, setting SMART goals, learn a new skill, challenge yourself, …



Additionally, each listing is categorised with Experience Type:

Entertainment, Aesthetic, Sensory, Learning, Participation, Volunteer, Embodiment, Transformation


In the Explore pages you will see two categories (Wellbeing PERMA and Experience Type) used as filters to help you find the wellbeing experience you want and need.

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For more on Positive Psychology and it’s origins, here are a few good reads:-

 

Wellbeing PERMA

The PERMA acronym is a model of Wellbeing theory in the field of positive psychology, by Martin Seligman. PERMA makes up five important building blocks of wellbeing and happiness:

Positive Emotion : feeling good. Including hope, interest, joy, love, compassion, pride, amusement, and gratitude. From exercise, meeting friends, being out in nature, seeing sights, sounds, smells, tastes…

Engagement : being completely absorbed in activities. Living in the present moment and focusing entirely on the task at hand.

Relationships : being authentically connected to others. Feeling supported, loved, and/or valued by others

Meaning : purposeful existence. Belonging and/or serving something greater than ourselves

Accomplishment : a sense of accomplishment and success. Achievement, mastery, competence, attaining goals…

Wellbeing Service

Services relating to the people & groups served

Experience Type

This is a categorisation of the wellbeing experience activity that, in some way, improves your overall Wellbeing

Entertainment : passive watching where you appreciate the activity or performance

Aesthetic : passively engrossed in the beauty or artistic qualities of an object, and not it’s functionality

Sensory : where the activity engages & focuses on one or two of your 5 senses; touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste

Learning : you actively absorb the experience. The activity enhances your knowledge or a skill

Participation : active participation in the activity, where your actions have an effect on the outcome

Volunteer : freely giving your time or knowledge to help others

Embodiment : putting an idea, thought or concept into a physical form or action

Transformation : an activity that takes you from one state (of body, mind or spirit) to a new desired state

Physical , Occupational , Financial , Spiritual
Intellectual , Environmental , Emotional , Social

Wellbeing Dimension

These 8 Wellbeing Dimensions are commonly used in Wellbeing frameworks, to highlight and seperate the various aspects of our lives.

We use these 8 dimensions to categorise listings for better findability, using the filter options.