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156. How Do I Know If I'm Thriving? (special community talk share + short practice)

How do you know if you're thriving? That's a question we received from one of our NMH Community members. We'll talk about this concept of thriving through the lens of positive psychology, leaning on Dr. Martin Seligman's PERMA model which includes Positive Emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning, and Accomplishment. Most of all, we'll focus on thriving as a practice rather than a fixed state and highlight the learnable skills we can all integrate to go beyond our baseline. Stay as well for the guided practice to help you tune into your own states of openness or constriction, inviting a more holistic understanding of your emotional and mental wellbeing. 


Watch this episode on YouTube.


Key moments:

00:00 Introduction to Joy Lab Podcast

00:43 Defining Thriving and Flourishing

01:25 Seligman's Wellbeing Theory

02:43 Challenges in Understanding Thriving

05:05 The Role of Positive and Negative Emotions

06:19 Practical Steps to Thrive

12:51 Understanding the Prefrontal Cortex

16:13 Guided Practice for Openness and Constriction

25:14 Conclusion and Final Thoughts


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Sources and Notes:

  • Joy Lab Program: Take the next leap in your wellbeing journey with step-by-step practices to help you build and maintain the elements of joy in your life. Your Joy Lab membership also includes our NMH Community!
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