We’ve considered four of the five elements of well-being as outlined in Martin Seligman’s book, Flourish—Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationship, and Accomplishment. Today, I’ll cover the final element in PERMA, the M for Meaning. Meaning is the sense of belonging to and serving something that you believe is bigger than you are. There is clearly…
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Over the past few weeks, I’ve been writing about how dance connects with each of the five aspects of well-being as identified in Martin Seligman’s great book on Positive Psychology, Flourish. We’ve looked at the first three in his acronym, PERMA, namely, Positive emotion, Engagement, and Relationship. I’m going to skip over Meaning until next…
We’ve been examining the Positive Psychology construct of well-being, comprised of Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationship, Meaning, and Accomplishment, denoted by the acronym, PERMA. This week, it’s the R for Relationship that comes into our focus. It’s easy to understand how the intimacy of partner dancing, almost irrespective of style, can create long-lasting, intimate relationships….
Last week I began a series of short essays linking up Martin Seligman’s work on “well-being” in Positive Psychology as described in his most enjoyable book, Flourish, and the benefits of social partner dancing. How does Seligman define well-being? Great question! Well-being, according to Seligman, is the intention of Positive Psychology, constructed from five elements:…
I’m reading Flourish by Martin Seligman, the founder of Positive Psychology. Positive Psychology seeks answers to the question, “What makes life worth living?” As opposed to diagnosing psychological dysfunctions, Positive Psych looks at how we can improve well-being in our lives. What is this “well-being,” you ask? Seligman maintains that it is a construct comprised…
I just returned home from a quick trip to Phoenix to attend a family wedding. It was a lovely, relatively small event as weddings go. There was a live band playing lively, danceable music. And the guests got up to… ummm… jump up and down, and swing their arms wildly, unless it was a slow…
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