Dr. Selligman and other positive psychologists have measured and modeled happiness, and researched the link with happiness. The findings support the notion that happiness is correlated with a lot of positive things, from longer healthy life years to better marriages and social relationships, and better performance in the education systems.
One of the most important contributions from Seligman is modeling what happiness is about, and what makes people ‘flourish’ in their personal life. His model is summarised with the acronym ‘PERMA’, standing for:
- Positive Relations
- positive Relations
- Meaning; and
The five elements contributing to a pleasant, good, or meaningful life.
Dr. Seligman and his team have developed and tested a dozen positive interventions, and in his talk, Seligman describes a few of them:
- Three good things. Every evening, write down ‘three good things’ that happen during that day. This exercise trains gratitude
- Have a beautiful day. The concept here is to ‘design’ a day to spend in a very pleasant way.
- Gratitude visit. Think of someone important in your life who you couldn’t thank enough for their support to you. Write down why you appreciate what they’ve done for you. And then go and visit them to tell them.