Flourishing

Tech Can Help Users FLOURISH: Positive Emotions; Engagement & Flow; High Achievement; Meaning & Purpose; Life Satisfaction; Positive Relationships.Technology that’s supportive helps users flourish—enjoying high levels of five basic elements of well-being, known in Positive Psychology by the acronym PERMA:

  1. Positive emotions (including life satisfaction)
  2. Engagement (or flow)
  3. Relationships (positive ones, that is!)
  4. Meaning (or purpose—belonging to and serving something bigger than the self)
  5. Accomplishment (or achievement)

For more on flourishing, check out Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being by Positive Psychology pioneer Martin Seligman—whose research on resilience I assisted with while at UPenn.