Positive Psychology is a fledgling field of psychology even though it has been in the making for a number of decades. It is 'positive' in the sense that it focuses on what is 'right' with us, and not what is 'wrong' with us, as is commonly associated with the traditional diagnostic 'ill-being' psychology focus.
There are a number of different well-being frameworks, you may have already researched them, examples include: 5 Ways to Well-being (Mental Health Foundation), SEARCH (Dr lea Waters), Mental Fitness, Te Whare Tapa Whā to name a few, but perhaps the most evidence-based and researched model is Martin Seligman's flourishing model: PERMA - as seen above.
There is a wealth of research evidence that shows the positive effects on individual well-being levels, when we: experience positive emotions, feeling engaged with our top strengths and experience moments of flow, enjoy positive relationships, find meaning and purpose in every day life and accomplish our goals and dreams.
This is an exciting new field of psychology and the benefits of adopting this within your workplace are well-evidenced. If you would like to know more, there are a number of introductory resources you can find here.
If you are interested in finding out more about integrating a whole-school well-being model (as evidenced by New Zealand Institute of Well-being and Resilience, NZIWR) and/or coaching for well-being, positive leadership, positive parenting, positive education, please get in touch, I'd love to support you. The evidence shows, there are increased levels of well-being in schools that have prioritised implementing well-being frameworks/models and curricular. If your Staff are well, your students will be well.
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