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PERMAnent Happiness - "A"


A for Accomplishment

This is the final part of the series of “How to enjoy PERMA-NENT Happiness”.

Accomplishment in the PERMA model is also known as achievement, mastery, or competence.

A sense of accomplishment results from working toward and reaching goals, mastering an endeavour or task, and having self-motivation to finish what you set out to do. This contributes to wellbeing because individuals can look at their lives with a sense of pride (Seligman, 2012).

Accomplishment includes the concepts of perseverance and having a passion for attaining goals. Flourishing and wellbeing come when accomplishment is tied to striving toward things with an internal motivation or working toward something just for the sake of the pursuit and improvement (Quinn, 2018).

Achieving intrinsic goals leads to more significant wellbeing gains than external goals such as money or fame (Seligman, 2013).

Ways to build accomplishment:

  1. Set goals that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and time-bound).
  2. Reflect on past successes and accomplishments.
  3. Look for creative ways to celebrate your achievements.

Remember, mastery in any area of life happens by consistently practising and striving towards desired goals. Choose today to begin the journey of self-discovery and happiness by practising the lessons shared from the PERMA model.