Flourishing in the arts is about meaning, mastery and mattering

Committing ourselves to the path of flourishing may sound like an impossible ask – but it's not.

Back in 2011, when the author and psychologist Martin Seligman announced, ‘I no longer think that positive psychology is about happiness’, the scientific community took a collective gasp. This was, after all, the father of modern positive psychology – an individual largely responsible for driving the ‘happiness movement’.

He continued, saying he now believed: ‘the gold standard for measuring wellbeing is flourishing, and that the goal of positive psychology is to increase flourishing’. In an unexpected plot twist, Seligman’s research at the time showed we’d been led astray by mere ‘happiology’.

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Tahlia Norrish (@tahlianorrish) is an Aussie-Brit actor, writer, and current MPhil Candidate at the University of Queensland's School of Sport Sciences. After graduating from The Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (Distinction, Acting & Musical Theatre) and Rose Bruford College (First Class Hons, Acting), Tahlia founded The Actor's Dojo — a pioneering coaching program centred on actor peak performance and holistic well-being.