December 15

Elements of the Well-Being Theory, by Martin E. P. Seligman

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Martin E. P. Seligman, in his new book Flourish, has reformulated his ideas on positive psychology and proposes a new "Well-Being Theory." This theory is based on five elements that encompass everything that people choose freely for their intrinsic value:

1) Positive emotion. Equivalent to the "pleasant life" from his previous theory of authentic happiness. Encompasses all subjective variables that characterize well-being: pleasure, comfort, warmth, etc. They are feelings experienced in the present.
2) Engagement. Equivalent to the "engaged life" from his previous theory of authentic happiness. The subjective state of delivery appears afterwards and is told in retrospect.
3) Meaning. Equivalent to the “meaningful life" from his previous theory of authentic happiness.
4) Accomplishment. People pursue success, achievement, performance and mastery for their own sake, even when this does not provide positive emotions.
5) Relationships. Most of the experiences of well-being are obtained through relationships with other people. Interpersonal connections are the best antidote to hard times in life.

Reference:
Seligman, M.E.P. (2011). Flourish. Atria Books.