Changing Minds Kent


Measuring & improving wellbeing

This 3hr workshop looks at the 5 building blocks of wellbeing and gives participants the opportunity to look at their own wellbeing before developing their own personal wellbeing plan. This workshop uses a wellbeing surveying tool to measure wellbeing so that it can be compared to UK benchmarks.

What is PERMA?

If wellbeing was a cake, what ingredients would you use?

Well, positive psychologists after many years of research have come up with many different wellbeing cakes, one of our favourites is the PERMA cake.

What will you learn in this workshop?

• What is wellbeing.

• What’s the difference between mental health and mental illness?

• What is the PERMA model and what does it tell us about wellbeing in general.

• How to use the PERMA model to measure your own wellbeing.

• How to develop a personal wellbeing plan.

• How to develop a positive personal journaling protocol.

We want to look at improvements in wellbeing into the long term that’s why we’re looking at a regular journaling practice. There is some evidence to show short term wellbeing can be achieved by one off interventions, but these affects though fade with time. We’re looking to build a healthier outlook one day at a time.

This is a great workshop as an introduction into positive psychology and what builds personal wellbeing. If we can increase personal wellbeing in individuals, then we can start to see people bring their best to their jobs. Barbara Fredrickson (Positive Psychologist) talks about her broaden and build theory which means that when we experience positive emotions, when we feel good, we tend to broaden our horizons and interact with the world more positively. The more negative our emotions are (pain, anger, fear), the more we tend to hide away…we narrow our view of the world. If we can get people to look after themselves better then we can start to see them broaden their horizons, interact with new people and new ideas and this leads to building. Broaden and build. The more we build the better we feel. So, this workshop is about exploring what makes for good personal wellbeing and how we start the process of measurably improving our wellbeing.

Tell me a bit more…

In this workshop we will consider what wellbeing is and how wellbeing is measured and how it is defined? We will introduce Seligman’s (2018) PERMA model and use Butler & Kern’s (2016) PERMA surveying tool to measure individuals’ wellbeing. The PERMA model is great way of understanding some of the building

blocks of wellbeing. This will then give an opportunity to establish an initial basic wellbeing plan based on any self-perceived low scores within the five areas described in the model. What are the five building blocks?

• P – Positive Emotion

• E – Engagement

• R – Relationships

• M – Meaning

• A – Accomplishment

We will limit expectations by looking at Westerhof & Keyes (2010) dual continua model, to show that positive psychology doesn’t have as its aim to reduce distress, but rather build positive mental health and resilience.

We will finish with learning a positive journaling protocol which Schnepper et al (2020) showed in a random controlled trial among individuals under lockdown was an important aspect in improving self-compassion and reducing stress.


Butler, J., & Kern, M. L. (2016). The PERMA-Profiler: A brief multidimensional measure of flourishing. International Journal of Wellbeing, 6, 1–48

Seligman, M. (2018). PERMA and the building blocks of well-being. The Journal of Positive Psychology, 13(4), 333-335.

Schnepper, R., Reichenberger, J., & Blechert, J. (2020). Being my own companion in times of social isolation–A 14-day mobile self-compassion intervention improves stress levels and eating behavior. Frontiers in Psychology, 11, 2645.

Westerhof, G. J., & Keyes, C. L. (2010). Mental illness and mental health: The two continua model across the lifespan. Journal of adult development, 17(2), 110-119.


Measuring & improving wellbeing

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