January 18

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Happiness in 2024: My Personal Blueprint for Thriving

Would you like to boost your happiness in 2024? You're not alone. Last week, I ran a quick Instagram poll, and many of you echoed a resounding "YES!" to the desire for more joy. It's a timeless human pursuit, famously captured in a film starring Will Smith. But defining happiness can be tricky. Is it a feeling, a state, or perhaps something even more elusive?

This question became personal for me last fall amidst the turmoil of my father's brain tumor diagnosis. During this challenging time, a client introduced me to the PERMA + V Model, the cornerstone of Dr. Martin Seligman's Wellbeing Theory. I had the opportunity to discuss this life-changing concept on my recent WCCO-TV segment.

Here's a glimpse of the PERMA + V Model that I've embraced:

  • Positivity: Embracing positive thoughts and experiences illuminates the brighter paths in life.
  • Engagement: Utilizing our strengths and staying true to our values fosters a deep sense of immersion in our endeavors.
  • Relationships: The energy within our relationships is pivotal. I strive to be a positive contributor and seek the same in return.
  • Meaning: I believe in a purpose that evolves with us—something that transcends our individual lives.
  • Accomplishments: Each victory, whether monumental or modest, is a cause for celebration—sometimes with a joyous cheer or the ring of a bell.
  • Vitality: A concept introduced by Emiliya Zhivotovskaya, emphasizing the care of our body and mind, which is essential for sustaining overall wellbeing.
PERMA + V Model

Applying the PERMA + V model can enhance our feelings and state of happiness by nurturing positive emotions. Here's to a year of seizing opportunities and thriving!


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