About positive psychology

Positive Psychology is an area of psychology founded by Professor Martin Seligman that shifts the focus from what is clinically wrong, to the promotion of wellbeing and the creation of a satisfying life filled with meaning, pleasure, engagement, positive relationships and accomplishment.

This information will help you to:

  • understand the overall principles involved in positive psychology through Martin Seligman’s 5 elements of PERMA.


What is Positive Psychology?

Positive psychology is not about putting on a happy face all the time. Life can be hard and disappointments and challenges are inevitable. However, scientific research has shown that there are identified strategies and skills that allow people to navigate the challenges of life more effectively and enjoy life despite the upsets. Elements of positive psychology and best explained through the PERMA framework.


The Five Elements of PERMA

Positive emotions: feeling good

Engagement: being completely absorbed in activities 

Relationships: being authentically connected to others

Meaning: purposeful existence 

Achievement: a sense of accomplishment and success


Next steps

  • Focus on positive thinking
  • Find and apply your strengths to tasks
  • Surround yourself with people who influence you positively
  • Find meaning in life
  • Celebrate achievements
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