What is P.E.R.M.A?

Positive Psychology is the scientific study of human flourishing, and an applied approach to optimal functioning. When we improve well-being in our personal lives we can then become thought leaders and change agents by bringing these principles to our families, our passions, and our culture to drastically improve education, business and government.


P = Positive Emotion is one of the cornerstones to well-being. Kindness, gratitude, hope, rousal, curiosity, passion and all other positive feelings are all positive emotions that contribute to the “pleasant life.” (HAPPINESS)
You  can deliberately evoke positive emotion both in yourself and others. In fact, positive emotions lasts longer when you are involved in doing something to make another person happy!
We can also stay appreciative. Constructive Journaling aids with this often times difficult task.Every evening, write down 3 things that went your way during that day & explain why? This will focus your thoughts on what is going right and will give you ample reasons to stay grateful.


E = Engagement, much like positive emotion, is a subjective element to well-being. Engagement is about being totally absorbed by a present task where time and self- consciousness seem to cease (FLOW)
Finding your flow is essential to a flourishing life-style. Find your strengths. What can you do for hours on end and get so lost doing it or accomplishing that task that you lose track of time.
Flow feels amazing! The more you experience it the more fulfilled your life will be.


R = Relationships are an important part of well-being. People who maintain strong positive relationships are generally happier in life. We are “social beings” who need to connect with one another. (HEALTHY)
Healthy personal relationships affect productivity and positive emotion. Focus on fostering trust, creating shared meaning, recovery from betrayal and learn how to constructively manage conflict.
One can also employ the losada ratio, which is 3 positive interaction to every one negative interaction. This is easier said than done, but there is no shortcut to any place worth going. See the therapists, do the work!


M = Meaning in life comes from serving something that is bigger than self. To have a sense of well-being, finding a purpose in life is essential. Altruism and philanthropy are good methods to establishing a meaningful life. (LIFE’S PURPOSE)
Ask yourself: Who are you? What motivates you? What is your life’s purpose?
Discover the answers and life your purpose!


A = Achievement is a sense of accomplishment. Having goals and meeting those goals, improves your well-being and allows you to flourish. (DISCIPLINE)
The accomplished employ vast amounts of discipline and self-control. Not one goal gets reached on good intention alone. You must work in order to get results.
On your path to the next level of success, constantly remind  yourself of how great and accomplished you already are. Post your certificates, degrees, and trophies. Positively reinforce desired behaviors. Celebrate all successes no matter how big or small as you continue to thrive and strive for more!

For more information, visit Authentichappiness.org

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