PERMANENT Model of Well-Being

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The PERMANENT Model of Well-Being has been created as the foundation of UW-Superior’s commitment to developing a mindfulness and well-being university. This well-being model aims to develop a common language and framework that can be implemented campus-wide.

The acronym PERMANENT was utilized due to the fit of the nine different domains and meaning of the word permanent: intended to last, lifelong. 

This model has adopted three domains of Martin Seligman’s PERMA Model, and has been expanded to include six new domains that encompass a more “mind, body, spirit,” or holistic, approach to well-being. Each domain of this model is backed by established scientific evidence and teachable/learnable skills that have been shown to increase an individual’s well-being.

Present Moment Awareness: “Mindfulness is the awareness that arises from paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.”– Jon Kabat-Zinn

Emotional Intelligence: “(Emotional Intelligence) is the capacity to recognize our own feelings and those of others, to manage our emotions, and to interact effectively with others.” – Daniel Goleman

Relationships: “The only thing that really matters in life are your relationships to other people.” – George Vaillant 

Meaning: “Our main motivation for living is our will to find meaning in life.” – Viktor Frankl

Achievement: “There is no magic to achievement. It is really about hard work, choices, and persistence.” – Michelle Obama 

Needed Sleep: “Everything you do, you’ll do better with a good night’s sleep.” – Arianna Huffington

Exercise: “When it comes to health and well-being, regular exercise is about as close to a magic potion as you can get.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

Nutrition: “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” – Hippocrates

Thinking: “Habits of thinking need not be forever. One of the most significant findings in psychology in the last 20 years is that individuals can choose the way they think.” – Martin Seligman