What Does It Mean to Flourish?

Oh, to flourish. What a magical thing to be. If you’ve been following me for a while now, you’d probably know that ‘flourish’ is one of my favourite words in the whole wide world! But, what does it actually mean to flourish?

Flourishing is one of the key topics that is studied in the field of positive psychology. Ever since being introduced to this field of psychology, I have been so fascinated by it and love the key principles behind it and seek to live them every single day in my life. Certainly another blogpost for another day, but let’s stick to the topic of flourishing for now.

Flourishing moves well beyond happiness or well-being. It is a multi-dimensional construct, and encompasses a holistic perspective on what it really means to feel well and happy. According to the founding father of positive psychology, Dr Martin Seligman, “to flourish is to find fulfillment in our lives, accomplishing meaningful and worthwhile tasks, and connecting with others at a deeper level – in essence, living the ‘good life’”.

As mentioned before, flourishing is truly multi-faceted. The PERMA model is a model that was developed by Seligman to explain the five factors that contribute to holistic flourishing

Positive emotions
Engagement
Relationships
Meaning
Accomplishment

When we tend to each of these five aspects of the PERMA model, we begin to live the flourishing lives that we as human beings are truly meant to be living!

It is my mission to empower and inspire all educators and teenage girls to live out their flourishing lives in this lifetime.

In living out this mission, I have created my FREE private Facebook group to tend to the “Relationships” aspect of this model. It would be my absolutely honour to guide you and support you to live your flourishing life through increasing your positive emotions, engaging with the world and your work, develop deep and meaningful relationships, find meaning and purpose in your life, and to achieve your goals through cultivating and applying your strengths.

Come join me and the lovely community of educators in ‘The Flourish Collective’, where this is just the start of an incredible journey for us all, with free masterclasses in the works, as well as a safe container for you to explore who you truly are as a person outside of being a teacher!

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