What’s the key to happiness? According to Martin Seligman, pioneering researcher in positive psychology, happiness is but one aspect of psychological wellbeing, which is longer-lasting and has 5 elements: positive emotions, engagement, positive relationships, meaning and achievement.
“Positive psychology doesn’t encourage people to be happy all the time,” says Maria Hennessy, lecturer in psychology at James Cook University. “Life is all about having swings and roundabouts, and people with high levels of wellbeing understand that when you have down moments in life, you know they won’t stay forever and you can pick yourself up and move forward again.”
Cultivating a strong sense of wellbeing isn’t difficult. Here are seven simple ‘actionable things’ you can do to take charge of your wellbeing.