The building blocks of living well
Updated: Sep 1, 2021
PERMA, according to Martin Seligman:
1. Positive emotions – feeling good
2. Engagement – being completely absorbed in activities
3. Relationships – being authentically connected to others
4. Meaning – purposeful existence
5. Achievement– a sense of accomplishment and success
Experiencing these five important building blocks of well-being allows one to experience happiness. It allows one to be grateful and feel fulfilled. Happy. Free. Sobriety provides me with this on a daily basis. Writing allows me to feel this everyday. I have purpose, engagement and find meaning when I am working on my projects. Editing, brainstorming and thinking about my next piece. Words just flow. And then. Suddenly the hours have passed by and I don't even realize it. It's a wonderful feeling. A feeling I want to bottle up and carry with me wherever I go. Permaliciousness.
How do I help my children find this feeling?
Today, I had a followup with my PCP and she asked how I am doing. Did I get through the July 4th holiday okay. "It is a tough time of year with a lot of drinking. Did you make it through ok?" She asked. Like I needed to be restrained. I almost laughed because, the drinking part and craving alcohol is not an issue for me anymore. I am so beyond grateful I don't have it in my life. It's dealing with all the other shit underneath. All the shattered pieces left behind.