What do we mean by “wellbeing”?
Positive PsychologyThroughout this course we will draw on frameworks that have been developed in the area of positive psychology to consider the various elements of wellbeing. Positive psychology is:
As a field of study it focuses on topics such as character strengths, resilience, and happiness. Studies examine positive experiences, positive states and traits (e.g. joy, inspiration, love, gratitude, compassion etc.) and the stimuli that cause such feelings and states.The main model that we will use to explore wellbeing was developed by Martin Seligman, who is a prominent psychologist in this field. The PERMA model helps to explain the five measurable elements of wellbeing (Seligman, 2011):“The scientific study of what makes life most worth living.” (Peterson, 2008)
- Positive emotion
Digital WellbeingAs digital technologies permeate our everyday lives it has become increasingly important that we consider what impact this is having on our wellbeing. What effect have digital communications, online networks and wearable technologies had on our sense of self and our relationships with others? Such questions have led to a relatively new area of research on ‘digital wellbeing’.
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University of York online course,
- look after personal health, safety, relationships and work-life balance in digital settings;
- use digital tools in pursuit of personal goals (eg health and fitness) and to participate in social and community activities;
- act safely and responsibly in digital environments;
- negotiate and resolve conflict;
- manage digital workload, overload and distraction
- act with concern for the human and natural environment when using digital tools.
- King, V. (2016). 10 Keys to Happier Living: A practical handbook for happiness. Headline: London.
- Seligman, M. (2011) Flourish: a new understanding of happiness and well-being – and how to achieve them. NB Publishing: London.
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