Recently, I discovered something new in the fascinating field of positive psychology. Positive psychology is the study of happiness and how ordinary people can become happier (Psychology Today). As a recruiter, I often wonder how jobs and job placements affect employee happiness.
While the field of positive psychology is vast, I came across Martin Seligman’s well-being theory, called PERMA-theory, and it seems to make a lot of sense applied to the workplace. The acronym stands for five elements that can help people reach a state of happiness and fulfillment: (P) Positive Emotions, (E) Engagement, (R) Relationships, (M) Meaning and Purpose, and (A) Accomplishments.