Grounded in theory. Always learning.
The PERMAH Wellbeing Survey Tool is grounded in the psychological theory originally proposed by Dr. Martin Seligman (2011) based on over twenty years of wellbeing studies. Dr. Seligman’s theory outlines five essential factors that contribute to a person’s sense of wellbeing at any age:
Boost mental, physical and social resilience by prioritizing moments of regular heartfelt positivity, lowering stress and mindfully navigating emotions, even when we feel overwhelmed. For example: Sharing what’s working well, getting out into nature, finding reasons to laugh, naming emotions, decoding stress responses.
Improve confidence and creativity by developing our neurological strengths – the things that you’re good at and enjoy doing – even if we’re not sure what they are yet. For example: Discovering and developing your strengths, creating moments of flow, being mindful, staying playful.
Fuel psychological safety and belonging by building more trusting and inclusive relationships, even when we disagree with each other. For example: Listening empathetically, building trust, doing a five-minute favor, random acts of kindness, practicing forgiveness, reaching for curiosity instead of judgment.
Elevate motivation, commitment and satisfaction by making even the most mundane task meaningful, without burning out. For example: Finding the purpose in meaningless tasks, scheduling real breaks, setting boundaries, making a positive difference in the community, feeling connected to country.
Cultivate grit and realize our potential by practicing a growth mindset to support learning even when the pressure to deliver can feel paralyzing. For example: Setting learning goals, investing in small wins, owning failures, reaching for self-compassion, celebrating what’s been learned each day.