Series 1 – Episode 34: Discover Positive Psychology’s leading model for the Science of Happiness: PERMA. With Julia Seal, use it to assess your life for Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationship, Meaning, Accomplishment. Use her 2 free coaching tools to adopt a more positive orientation in your life & work with your inner critic. Also, find out about International Day of Happiness & what you can do for world happiness in 2020: Happiness For All, Forever

Our coaching this week, takes place against the backdrop of the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness, the World Happiness Fest in Spain, Happytalism, the Global Happiness Movement and the annual World Happiness Report as well as March being #HappinessMonth.

This week, we jump into the first academic model we’re using to build our own definition of happiness and success – PERMA – as well as the 10 steps we can take to advance the happiness, wellbeing and freedom of all life on earth by 2050 – “Happiness For All, Forever”.

PERMA is Positive Psychology’s leading model for the Science of Happiness and is really the most popular one today and currently, the most influential in happiness conversations worldwide.

We take a brief look into the field of Positve Psychology and where it fits as the “4th wave” after Psychoanalysis, Behaviourism and Humanism, with Sigmund Freud, BF Skinner, Ivan Pavlov, Carl Rogers and Abraham Maslow. We introduce the change from the “Disease Model” of traditional psychology, using the Diagnostic + Statistical Manual of Mental Disorder (DSM) to its “positive” counterpart, the Character Strengths + Virtues (CSV) manual.

We adopt an understanding of Positive Psychology as the “the scientific study of positive human functioning and flourishing on multiple levels that include the biological, personal, relational, institutional, cultural, and global dimensions of life”.

Then, we look into the detail of PERMA: what each construct means – Positive Emotion + Engagement + Relationship + Meaning + Accomplishment.

Our coaching uses PERMA as a way for you to assess your own happiness and success against the 5 top constructs of Well-Being Theory. As an assessment tool of your current happiness definition, we can see, what you’ve been prioritizing over the long term and what you’re doing every day when living your life.

With our first coaching tool, we learn how to use daily Positive Questions to start building a positive perspective, a positive orientation to our lives. Julia shares her own personal Positive Question she uses every day in her self-coaching practice.

Then, we also explore what to do if this PERMA assessment wakes up your Inner Critic and all you see are the deficiencies in your current happiness. Julia’s coaching tool and earlier 3 episodes on Self-Smizing help us here.

In our coaching with PERMA, we discover there are no wrong answers, nothing has gone wrong here!

” May you be Happy, May you be Free – there is no better time to coach together!”


  • Positive Psychology’s leading model for the Science of Happiness: PERMA and where it fits within the 3 waves of Psychology: psychoanalysis, behaviourism and humanism
  • Exactly, what’s included in PERMA: Positive Emotion + Engagement + Relationship + Meaning + Accomplishment
  • How to assess your own happiness and success with PERMA
  • Coaching Tool: A key question for your self-coaching to help you adopt a more positive orientation and to start creating your happiness and success on purpose
  • Coaching Tool: How to work with your inner critic as arises when assessing your life with PERMA
  • What is 20 March: United Nations’ International Day of Happiness all about
  • What 10 things you can do to advance world happiness in 2020: “Happiness For All, Forever”










#1.34 – The Science of Happiness: PERMA
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