Positive psychology has an abundance of theoretical knowledge on eudaimonic wellbeing. Aristotle postulated that eudaimonic wellbeing was the notion derived from daimon meaning true nature leading a virtuous life with meaning to it. Postulating that authentic happiness is realising human potential is in accordance to human goal. With earlier eudaemonists such as Maslow, Rogers emphasising that free will and choice is the way forward to establishing a better wellbeing. Furthermore the emphasis on psychological wellbeing transcends through Ryff’s model of psychological wellbeing advocating self-acceptance, personal growth, purpose in life, positive relations with others, environmental mastery and autonomy. I feel the most comprehensive measure of the notion of wellbeing emerging, is the PERMA model which is a very comprehensive notion of postulating many facets of wellbeing such as positive emotions, engagement within your environment, meaningful experiences and accomplishments within one’s life.

Collaborative practices for professionals

So can these notions of well being incorporated within the professional arena? I feel so as the collaboration of such concepts is a way forward for health professionals, counsellors, community workers, and psychologist. These frameworks recommended for a positive wellbeing are evidence-based and provide a scope for professionals to become more informed within their working environments. Knowledge is a tool for bettering oneself and for practising professionals to excel within their fields they must move closer to Martin Seligman’s goal of worldwide wellbeing increasing it by 51% by 2051.

The future for eudaimonic wellbeing

I feel practising eudaimonic wellbeing evidence-based practices like the PERMA and the Ryff model will equip the workforce, mental health patients, families, elderly, children will equip society to become a more people based with the world to potentially flourish. The purpose of eudaimonic wellbeing is to ensure everlasting happiness with the incentive to transfer the goodness it cultivates to a more positive self. The future strives to take on the outlook of positive wellbeing for professionals, society and the world with the incorporation of eudaimonic practices within every part of our organisations, communities and our personal life’s. The practices provide a good foundation for people to become more affluent in practicing positive wellbeing so enabling them to make a change for good.

Increasing worldwide wellbeing

Martin Seligman has developed a World Wellbeing Project analysing language on social media platforms with the purpose of providing an insight into individual wellbeing to shape companies and help policy makers to make the right policies that match individual needs. The notion is a magnificent way to analyse worldwide wellbeing with a accessible method of research in which you can analyse what can be conducted within a systematic approach of analysing social media communications signposting us towards a very good insight into positive wellbeing. Is positive wellbeing possible? It is if you are using the frameworks such as the PERMA or the Ryff model and implementing all aspects of the theory within your life with a positive intention allows every individual to move close to a more Positive Wellbeing.

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* Lopez, S.J & Snyder, C, R, (2011) The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology, Second edition, New York, United States of America, OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS. * http://www.wwbp.org/people.html

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