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:
- Positive emotions (including life satisfaction)
- Engagement (or flow)
- Relationships (positive ones, that is!)
- Meaning (or purpose—belonging to and serving something bigger than the self)
- 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.