- Choose a NEW applied setting (e.g., a workplace, school, residential aged care, hospital). You may alternatively choose a specific population group (e.g., new parents; people with a particular chronic illness; teenagers; etc). Ensuring you keep this specific will help give focus to your essay.
- Research the wellbeing considerations faced in the chosen setting (e.g., what are the wellbeing issues faced by people living in a residential aged-care setting? e.g., meaninglessness, loneliness etc)
- Describe how the theoretical perspectives in Seligman’s PERMA model and/or Ryff’s Psychological Wellbeing model can help explain the wellbeing issues identified in the applied setting. (e.g., if meaninglessness is a concern in aged-care settings, highlight a positive psychology theoretical perspective that discusses the importance of meaning to an individual’s wellbeing)
- Examine how researchers have previously attempted to influence (i.e., improve, build) wellbeing in the chosen setting, including what was done and what was found, and strengths and weaknesses of these attempts. (peer-reviewed journal articles should be used).
In a logical, well-integrated essay (using APA style referencing and headings) you will identify (with well-reasoned justification based on theory) and explore in detail the ways in which wellbeing can be influenced within a practical setting. It is important to note here that you are expected to critically apply psychological concepts and constructs within a specific practical context, not just write an essay about positive psychology concepts more generally.