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Wellbeing theory, as suggested by Seligman is a construct; and wellbeing, not happiness, is the topic of positive psychology.

Wellbeing has five measurable elements (PERMA) that count toward it:

  • Positive emotion (of which happiness and life satisfaction are all aspects)
  • Engagement
  • Relationships
  • Meaning and purpose
  • Accomplishment

No one element defines wellbeing, but each contributes to it. At USC we support wellbeing theory, and our mentoring and counselling programs are designed to complement it.

Martin E.P. Seligman, M. (April 2011). What is Well-Being? Retrieved from

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