This well-being theory, otherwise known as PERMA, is a revamped version of the happiness theory presented by leading positive psychologist Martin Seligman. For me (and I hope this for you), the goal is not merely to make it through life, but to flourish.
Negative emotions have their purpose. Positive emotions have their purpose. Today, let’s focus on the positive aspect of the emotional terrain that we navigate each day; let’s engage the power of positive thinking so we can live long, full lives.
In an effort to better define and measure true, authentic happiness, we can look at three “kinds of happiness” studied by Positive Psychology experts.
Happiness is a practice that requires our loving devotion. If you want to know how to be happy, you must know patience and persistence. You must understand how to enjoy the journey without getting lost in the glamour of the end result.
The question we should be asking is one which Aristotle posed 2,500 years ago: “What is the good life?” Positive psychology would suggest that the answer is tied up in the identification and the use of your signature strengths.
Gratitude has long been praised for its ability to induce happiness and peace, even in harsh conditions, and positive psychologists point to gratitude as a reliable path to a happier life. Get intentional about your happiness, and discover why writing in a gratitude journal is a habit worth embracing.