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Your well-being = PERMA-V

Two for You — take two minutes to live and lead with intention

Episode 3.5

What makes you flourish? When you think about your well-being, what makes you feel good? In this episode, we share Martin Seligman’s 5-element PERMA model of well-being to help people reach a life of fulfillment, happiness and meaning. Plus, we share the added element of “V” for Vitality which was introduced by Emiliya Zhivotovskaya.

When you consider all six areas, where are you thriving?



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[Lori] Hello and welcome to Two for You. So think back through your day. What has contributed to your well-being today? So we all know that well-being is important, right? But what contributes to it? Denise and I like to use Martin Seligman's PERMA model to think about well-being, which has five components to it.

[Denise] The first component is Positive Emotions. Take the time to really enjoy those emotions of gratitude and joy and contentment throughout your day.

[Lori] The second one is the "E" for Engagement, which is about having challenge in your life, but also using your strengths and your skills.

[Denise] The third one is "R" for positive Relationships. Now we know there's tons of research about the importance of social connections to your physical and your psychological health and it even increases your lifespan.

[Lori] "M" is for Meaning, which is about having a greater purpose in your life beyond yourself.

[Denise] And the fifth one of Seligman's is Accomplishment. Now we're not saying to just celebrate the really big accomplishments that you have in your life but also the small ones because they matter.

[Lori] And then Emiliya Zhivotovskaya from the Flourishing Center added a sixth one that we really like, which is a "V" for Vitality. So the V for Vitality is really about your physical health and whether or not you're moving throughout your day and how you're feeling overall.

[Denise] Right, it's taking account of your whole being. So, throughout your day, your weeks, your months, your years, don't forget these six elements to up your well-being. [Lori] So "P" for Positive Emotions.

[Denise] "E" for Engagement.

[Lori] "R" for positive Relationships.

[Denise] "M" for Meaning.

[Lori] "A" for Accomplishment.

[Denise] And finally, "V" for Vitality.

[Lori] So remember these six as you live and lead with intention.

Authors: Lori Rothstein and Denise Stromme, former Extension educators

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