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P.E.R.M.A (Seligman, 2011)


One of the main themes in positive psychology is “flourishing”. This is a seemingly simple yet very complex concept and it is a goal that human beings are long striving for. Flourishing comprises five measurable elements (PERMA), namely Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationship, Meaning, and Achievement. No sole elements can determine flourishing, but the holistic nurturing on all these aspects contributes to our flourishing life.

Positive Emotion: Positive emotion builds the foundation of the flourishing theory. In positive psychology, we try to incorporate the positive emotions like joyfulness, contentment, warmth, and comfort into daily life, of which we can call it a “Pleasant Life”.

Engagement: Engagement depicts that when a person concentrates on a thing that he or she genuinely enjoys and values, the person would enter a state that is fully “absorbed” in the things he or she is doing; we call this state as “flow” in positive psychology.

Meaning: Meaning can be described as a personal commitment on a thing that provides a sense of transcendence to the person. A meaningful and valuable life is vital to the path of flourishing.

Achievements: Accomplishment is another important thing that contributes to our ability to flourish. A person strives to better self in some ways, whether he or she is seeking to master a skill, achieve a valuable goal, or win in some competitive event.

Seligman, M. E. P. (2011). Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. New York: Free Press.