As you can see, this model is pretty similar to the authentic happiness theory, with two additions. In a nutshell, these are:
- Positive Relationships: creating and maintaining strong and meaningful relationships. We are “social beings” after all!
- Accomplishment: striving to challenge and better ourselves, whether we’re mastering a new skill, achieving a personal goal, or winning a competition.
Each element contributes to well-being, and there isn’t one that strictly defines it on its own. This means that we need all five elements to flourish in life.
But what about happiness?
As you probably picked up, there is an overlap between what makes us happy and what makes us feel well. Indeed, the research suggests that by working on our well-being, we also work on our happiness.
Okay, but how do we improve happiness and well-being?
Whether you’ve heard about the PERMA model before or not, one really important question remains. Where do we go from here? There is still a big (and overwhelming) difference between learning the theory and putting it into practice!
Finding a solution to this question is exactly why wellyou was founded: to help people learn the science of happiness and well-being while bridging the gap between learning and experiencing.
And so, to help you already get started with feeling happy and well, we want to share with you our main suggestion and the essence to wellyou.
Dedicate time each day to work on your physical, social and mental health, so to achieve a balance between all three areas by the end of each week. This includes getting a good night’s sleep and exercising regularly, but also, practicing meditation and doing brain exercises to keep stimulating the mind! And don’t forget to call your friends and family, if you don’t have the time or opportunity to see them!
Of course, there is a lot more to learn, which is why we created our free ebook giving you more practical tips and insights into the science of happiness and well-being.
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In the end, well-being boils down to the small steps you are willing to take every day to become happier and healthier in many different areas of your life.
We know, however, that getting started is hard, and knowing where to start is harder. We are here to provide you with the knowledge, tools and encouragement needed for every step of your journey.
Until next time!