Tested, practical tools to feel good and function effectively at work


The PERMAH Wellbeing Survey combines leading research in the science of wellbeing and how to apply this research in effective and practical ways. It was created by Michelle McQuaid and Dr Peggy Kern, leading experts in the research and application of Positive Psychology.

As they began teaching wellbeing to thousands of leaders and employees in every kind of workplace you can imagine and saw the professional and personal shifts people were achieving, they noticed that many people were not doing as well as they should. They asked Martin Seligman: “What would be the best way to improve wellbeing in workplaces?”. He said, “Measure it.”

Our hope is that the PERMAH Wellbeing Survey makes it easier for each of us to consistently flourish.



Dr Peggy Kern is a senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne’s Centre for Positive Psychology within the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Originally trained in social, personality, and developmental psychology, Peggy received her undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, a masters and PhD in social/ personality psychology from the University of California, Riverside, and postdoctoral training from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked directly with many of the leaders in positive psychology, including Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth, George Vaillant, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ryan Niemic, and Felicia Huppert, among others.

Her research examines the question of who flourishes in life (physically, mentally, and socially), why, and what enhances or hinders healthy life trajectories. Her studies include well-being measurement; big data approaches to psychological study; and long data approaches for testing sophisticated theories of psychosocial processes underlying health and wellbeing over time. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters.

You can find out more about Peggy’s work at www.peggykern.org



Michelle McQuaid is a best-selling author, workplace wellbeing teacher and playful change activator. With more than a decade of senior leadership experience in large organizations around the world, she’s passionate about translating cutting-edge research from positive psychology and neuroscience, into practical strategies for health, happiness, and business success.

An honorary fellow at Melbourne University’s Graduate School of Education, she blogs for Psychology Today, Huffington Post and Live Happy and her work has been featured in Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Boss Magazine, The Age and more.

She holds a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and is currently completing her PhD in Appreciative Inquiry under the supervision of David Cooperrider.

Michelle lives to help people discover their strengths, move beyond their fears, and finally discover what it truly takes to flourish with confidence. You can find more of Michelle’s work at