Fun fact 3: What is PERMA?

Every individual strives for positive wellbeing. Workplaces aim for a thriving and happy work culture. This can be achieved more easily through the PERMA model. Developed by Martin Seligman, the PERMA model is an acronym for the five pillars of wellbeing:

  • Positive emotions: good feelings
  • Engagement: interaction with work, hobbies and other activities
  • Relationships: connecting with others in an authentic way
  • Meaning: feeling that one’s life has a purpose
  • Accomplishment: feeling good about one’s achievements and successes


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Developed as an evidence-based model, research shows the huge impact of PERMA on positivity. Finding success in each of the five pillars of this model leads to flourishing. Do you want to increase happiness and resilience in your team? Apply PERMA and you will.


About the author of this fun fact:

Eleanor Shakiba is a master trainer. She specialises in positive psychology techniques such as positive deviance, learned optimism and positive leadership. Eleanor can help you and your people build a thriving business, using evidence-based tools. Eleanor is the author of the Positive Psychology Toolkit for HR and L&D practitioners. She also runs a range of retreats and workshops for trainers and facilitators.