Flourishing at Work

OVERVIEW

“Flourishing is the highest state of wellbeing and human development. It refers to living within an optimal range of human functioning, one that connotes goodness, generativity, growth and resilience.”

Cambridge Centre for Health and Wellbeing

Why can’t you attend work and leave a better person?

In the past the goal of psychology has been to relieve suffering and distress caused by mental illness and stress. However, is the absence of misery the most we can hope to achieve as humans? Many psychologists believe not, and that has led to the creation of a new movement commonly referred to as positive psychology. Within positive psychology, there are those that seek to flourish and be the best they can be.

Almost half of Australians will experience some type of mental illness in their lifetime (ABS, 2007). The estimated costs to Australian workplaces is $11 billion per year, when taking into account absenteeism, presenteeism and compensation claims (PwC, 2014). Prevention and intervention strategies return a positive Return on Investment (ROI) of 2.3 (PwC, 2014).

Mental health is a continuum that extends from illness through to wellbeing and flourishing. To help prevent mental illness, we should maintain our mental health, just like we would our physical health to prevent injuries. The PERMA-H model shows us that the areas we can focus on to increase our mental health. These pillars of mental health are; Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaningfulness, Accomplishment, and Health

Not only can flourishing be measured scientifically, but there are a range of experimentally validated methods already designed to help individuals grow and achieve optimal wellbeing. Similar to cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) which is used to remediate mental illnesses and stress, positive psychology exercises can be taught, and with diligence and homework, improve an individual’s wellbeing. Many of these exercises are simple, take little time to do, and can create immediate results.

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