Head of Middle School Erin Noviski introduced students to positive psychology and how it can help them flourish in life. Based on the work and research of Dr. Martin Seligman, the concept of PERMAh (Positive emotion, Engagement, positive Relationships, Meaning, Accomplishment, health) will be explored throughout the school year in grade-level advisory groups. Students learned the qualities that flourishing people possess, including; hopefulness, resilience, ability to be decisive, interest and motivation, self-esteem, and sense of purpose. Middle schoolers will continue to discuss tips for building and maintaining positive relationships, build a common vocabulary to better evaluate the effect emotions have on us, and the importance of having a growth mindset to be able to handle challenges or setbacks.
According to Dr. Seligman, “Positive psychology is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play.”