Ever had one of those days when you just want to shut the blinds, no matter how sunny it is outside? On such a day, even the simple act of spilling coffee on your new dress can send you into a downward spiral of disproportionate despair. If these scenarios sound familiar, it’s time to power up your optimism. And the secret is surprisingly simple: making just a few small mindset tweaks can open up your world. Decades’ worth of research suggests that changing the way we think can multiply our positive experiences. Leading psychologist and founder of the Positive Psychology movement Martin Seligman, PhD, has formulated a new theory of wellbeing. He proposes that to truly flourish, we need to develop only five key areas of our lives. And it’s not that complicated. In fact, these five little letters could change the way you think—forever. Behold, the power of PERMA!
By Nicola Gates
Jun 27, 2012