The PERMA model is a framework for understanding and promoting well-being, developed by positive psychology researcher Martin Seligman. The acronym PERMA stands for Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment, and it represents the five elements that Seligman believes are essential for well-being.
- Positive emotion: Positive emotions, such as joy, gratitude, and contentment, are an important part of well-being.
- Engagement: Engagement refers to the experience of being fully immersed and involved in an activity, and losing track of time. This can happen when we are doing something we are passionate about, or that challenges us in a positive way.
- Relationships: Positive relationships with others are an essential part of well-being. These can include relationships with friends, family, and romantic partners, as well as broader social connections.
- Meaning: Having a sense of meaning and purpose in life is an important contributor to well-being. This can come from religious or spiritual beliefs, personal values, or a sense of connection to something bigger than oneself.
- Accomplishment: Accomplishing something that is meaningful to us, and that we can be proud of, can provide a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment that contributes to well-being.