As this blog develops, I get new ideas! I am thinking that early in the week I will present some Positive Psychology information as a theory base and then spend other entries during the week looking at how the ‘rubber hits the road’ and what does this mean for us in the classroom, in relationships and in life in general!
Well-being is a term that is bandied around in many areas of education and society in general. A persons well-being is more than just happiness. What is well-being all about and what can be done to increase your feeling of well-being? What can be done to help our children and their sense of well-being?
A key theory in answer to these questions has been developed by Martin Seligman and it fits around an acronym known as PERMA. The following information is found on page 24 of Seligman’s latest book titled ‘Flourish’.
“Here then is well-being theory: well-being is a construct: and well-being, not happiness, is the topic of positive psychology. Well-being has five measurable elements (PERMA) that count towards it:
P – Positive emotion (of which happiness and life satisfaction are all aspects)
E – Engagement
R – Relationships
M – Meaning
A – Achievement”
For the next few weeks I am hoping to look at each element of PERMA.
The above chart was found after doing a Google Search on Images (there are many other thought provoking ideas). It is interesting to take time to ponder what are the positive emotions we experience in a day!
As an aside, next Wednesday June 14th Professor Lea Waters is speaking at St Peter’s College, Adelaide on the topic of ‘Positive Psychology and parenting’. For more information visit http://www.stpeters.sa.edu.au/wellbeing/rex-j-lipman-fellows-program