The idea of living in a state of harmony and wellbeing can be a forgotten memory.
Waiting for the next holiday to recover is not a great strategy; for many people, as soon as they stop they get sick and just as they get better it’s time to go back to work.
However, it doesn’t have to be the case and enjoying greater wellbeing is possible with purpose playing a central role.
Wellbeing has taken centre stage in recent years with organizations and society giving it a lot more attention.
One of the main advocates of wellbeing is Martin Seligman, author of Flourish and the undeniable leader of the positive psychology movement.
He states, “I now think that the topic of positive psychology is wellbeing, that the gold standard for measuring wellbeing is flourishing, and that the goal of positive psychology is to increase flourishing.”
His new theory of wellbeing concentrates on a set of building blocks for a flourishing life: Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment (PERMA).
I agree with his PERMA formula; however, I believe that purpose is the consistent thread that runs through the five building blocks, without which our wellbeing will be reduced.
The watch out with wellbeing is that we can make it too complicated.
We can be easily overwhelmed when faced with trying to integrate everything perfectly into work and life by getting enough sleep, eating right, doing regular exercise, meditating, having time to think, spending time with friends and family, reading, going on holiday, only doing the really essential things at work!
What supports your wellbeing?
Where you would like to be within six months?
What do you believe needs to happen in order to move you in the right direction?
What could get in the way?
What steps will you take?
Getting clear about what wellbeing means to you, and focusing on the two or three vital elements that will make the biggest difference, will assist your wellbeing in multiple ways.