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The human spirit isn't measured by the size of the act, but by the size of the heart...

“The human spirit isn’t measured by the size of the act, but by the size of the heart”

Positive psychology is a science which strives to understand what makes life worth living, and the enabling factors that allow individuals to thrive. At the very heart of positive psychology is well-being (Seligman, 2011, pp. 13). One model for describing subjective well-being is embodied in the acronym PERMA: positive emotion, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and achievement; each of which individuals strive for their own sake (Seligman). The ultimate outcome variable here is increased well-being (optimal human functioning and experience), and the standard for measuring it is flourishing.

Seligman, one the visionaries behind positive psychology, recently ignited a radically inspiring challenge, stating that the mission of positive psychology is that “by the year 2051, 51 percent of the population will be flourishing” (Seligman, 2011, pp. 240). But can we even dream of…

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