Wellbeing goes beyond routine doctor visits, staying physically fit and maintain a healthy diet. Wellbeing refers to overall wellbeing; a balance between physical, mental, emotional, intellectual, occupational, behavioral, and spiritual health.
This balance gives us the ability to feel good about ourselves and be able to enjoy our lives to the fullest. Through its StanUp for Wellness campaign, BHRS wants to shift the perception of mental health.
The PERMA Model was developed by respected positive psychologist, Martin Seligman, and was widely published in his influential 2011 book, "Flourish."
"PERMA" stands for the five essential elements that should be in place for us to experience lasting well-being. These are:
Positive Emotion (P): For us to experience well-being, we need positive emotion in our lives. Any positive emotion like peace, gratitude, satisfaction, pleasure, inspiration, hope, curiosity, or love falls into this category – and the message is that it's really important to enjoy yourself in the here and now, just as long as the other elements of PERMA are in place.
Engagement (E): When we're truly engaged in a situation, task, or project, we experience a state of flow: time seems to stop, we lose our sense of self, and we concentrate intensely on the present. This feels really good! The more we experience this type of engagement, the more likely we are to experience well-being.
Positive Relationships (R): As humans, we are "social beings," and good relationships are core to our well-being. Time-and-again, we see that people who have meaningful, positive relationships with others are happier than those who do not. Relationships really do matter!
Meaning (M): Meaning comes from serving a cause bigger than ourselves. Whether this is a specific deity or religion, or a cause that helps humanity in some way, we all need meaning in our lives to have a sense of well-being.
Accomplishment/Achievement (A): Many of us strive to better ourselves in some way, whether we're seeking to master a skill, achieve a valuable goal, or win in some competitive event. As such, accomplishment is another important thing that contributes to our ability to flourish.
Resiliency Research is a way to speak about the youth’s wellbeing. There are three protective factors that are associated with positive academic, psychosocial, and health outcomes among youth, even in high-risk environments:
1. Caring adult relationships: supportive connections to others, having a person who is “there” and who listens non-judgmentally.
2. Supportive high expectations: the consistent communication of messages that the student can and will succeed, a belief in a youth’s innate resilience, and the provision of guidance that is youth-centered and strengths-focused
3. Opportunities for meaningful participation and decision-making: the involvement of the student in relevant, engaging and interesting activities and having the opportunities for responsibility and contribution.