PERMA +

Professor Seligman, founder of positive psychology and former head of the American Psychological Association, proposed that South Australia systematically measure and build wellbeing across the whole society to reduce the number of people experiencing catastrophic mental illness and to improve the resilience of the population in a rapidly changing world. His work was seminal in forming the evidence-based approach the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre started with.
 


PROFESSOR MARTIN SELIGMAN OUTLINES THE MEANING OF PERMA AS AN ACRONYM FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING.

Seligman's PERMA framework is one of the frameworks the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre uses to explain the concept of wellbeing. it lists five key areas we can target if we want to build wellbeing: 

  • Positive Emotion
  • Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Meaning
  • Accomplishment.

In response to consultations with global wellbeing experts, our centre added the PLUS components to this list, being Physical Activity, Nutrition, Sleep and Optimism, to form a holistic framework on how to build wellbeing. 

Read Seligman's thinkers report by clicking the link below.
 

Martin Seligman Report Adelaide Thinkers in Residence 2012-2013 (PDF)