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The PERMA wellbeing framework

P – Positive Emotions: Positive emotions are the first element of PERMA, and they are essential for wellbeing. Positive emotions are the feelings of happiness, joy, contentment, and gratitude that we experience. When we feel positive emotions, we are more likely to experience greater satisfaction and fulfillment in our lives. Positive emotions can be cultivated in various ways, such as through practicing gratitude, savoring positive experiences, and engaging in activities that bring us joy.

E – Engagement: Engagement is the second element of PERMA, and it refers to the experience of being fully absorbed in an activity. When we are engaged in an activity, we lose track of time and become fully present in the moment. Engagement can come from activities like hobbies, work, or sports. Being engaged in an activity is important for wellbeing because it provides a sense of purpose and meaning.

R – Relationships: Relationships are the third element of PERMA, and they are a critical component of wellbeing. Humans are social creatures, and we thrive on connection with others. Having positive relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners can provide a sense of belonging and support. Nurturing relationships requires effort, and it involves developing communication skills, practicing empathy, and creating shared experiences.

M – Meaning: Meaning is the fourth element of PERMA, and it refers to the sense of purpose and direction in our lives. Meaning can come from many different sources, such as religion, spirituality, work, or personal values. When we have a sense of meaning, we are more likely to feel motivated and fulfilled in our lives. To find meaning, it is important to reflect on our values, identify our strengths, and align our actions with our goals.

A – Accomplishment: Accomplishment is the final element of PERMA, and it refers to the satisfaction and pride that come from achieving our goals. Accomplishment is important for wellbeing because it provides a sense of competence and confidence. When we set goals and work towards them, we feel a sense of progress and growth. To cultivate a sense of accomplishment, it is important to set realistic goals, track our progress, and celebrate our successes.

In conclusion, PERMA is a powerful framework for understanding and improving wellbeing. By focusing on the five elements of positive emotions, engagement, relationships, meaning, and accomplishment, we can cultivate a more fulfilling and satisfying life.

Practicing these elements in our daily lives can help us experience greater happiness, purpose, and meaning.

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.