Tag: Flourishing

Getting the measure of things

Filed in Blog by on August 10, 2013 6 Comments

I told you in my first post that I wanted a flourishing life but what does that actually mean?  How will I know when I have achieved it and how do I make sure that I enjoy the journey?  I intend to use as my reference guide positive psychologist Martin Seligman’s PERMA model of flourishing.

Seligman identified five factors that he believed were necessary for well-being and that contributed to human flourishing:  positive emotions; engagement; meaning; positive relationships and accomplishment.  He chose these factors because they each contribute towards well-being, they can be pursued for their own sake and it is possible to define and measure them independently of each other.  Collectively they create a theory of well-being.  So let’s take a look at the different elements to see how things measure up. Continue Reading »

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Beginning with the end in mind

Filed in Blog by on August 7, 2013 4 Comments

cropped-cropped-dsc02313-e1377250704362.jpgStephen Covey was absolutely spot on with his second habit of highly effective people when he said that they should begin with the end in mind.  It sounds so simple and yet it can be so hard to do in reality.  Take me for instance – I have been struggling for the past few hours to work out exactly why I am writing this blog for you.  What can I possibly offer you that hasn’t already been covered by far more eminently qualified people in the field of positive psychology than me?  In terms of ground-breaking academic research the honest answer is nothing.  But then I don’t suppose that is why you read a blog.  What I can offer, is to share with you my personal journey to a flourishing life and to introduce you to my fellow travellers along the way.  I hope that you will be able to join me for a short while at least and that en route you may find some inspiration and practical ideas that you can apply to your own life. Continue Reading »

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