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In today's society and more so in the one of tomorrow, success is based on confidence, autonomy and the ability to create relationships. The true measure of a state wellbeing is considered one that tracks how well that state serves its nation especially its youth, ensuring their wellbeing that gives them the sense of being loved, valued and genuinely included in the family and society in which they were born. Mastering emotions and developing relationship skills are considered vital in this century of change.

Therefore, through PERMA we aim to change the old narrative of development and revolutionize it in a manner that raises and empowers active and conscious citizens and future leaders. Ones that are equipped to not only deal with the demands and challenges of the 21st century, but also capable of leading well & sustainable lives and initiatives.

Especially that we live in an Artificially driven world coupled with Covid, the job market is changing forever, shedding the light on the importance of emotional intelligence, which unfortunately been accounted as a secondary priority. Studies have proven the link between emotional intelligence and career success, job performance, and improved wellbeing. 


“Positive psychology takes you through the countryside of pleasure and gratification, up into the high country of strength and virtue, and finally to the peaks of lasting fulfillment, meaning and purpose.”


-Seligman, 2002

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What is Seligman’s PERMA model?






Positive Emotions


Positive Relationships




First Session

Storytelling Circle

Community Connection

Duration: 3hrs

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Overview: This activity uses storytelling as a process of empowerment in which participants’ voices and experiences are affirmed and we build community and solidarity. It is also an introduction to listening and documenting skills.

Purpose: This activity enables participants to experience the power of storytelling in amplifying voices and building connections among those often not heard.

Background information: For any group that is marginalized and whose stories are not heard or valued, storytelling is an effective way for people to empower themselves by sharing their own stories in place of the stories told about them. It also allows us to build community and solidarity in our organizations and movements — as we hear each other’s experiences and understand better how we can learn from and relate to one another in the fight for justice. The more we share our stories, the more it will become the norm that youths’ stories are important and valuable. By telling our stories, we affirm their importance and create more space for others to tell theirs.

Second Session

Emotional Intelligence

Element: Positive Emotions

Duration: 2hrs

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This activity utilize different activities and tools to:

  • Identify positive & negative emotions and their role

  • Learn self-compassion

  • Navigate feeling overwhelmed by catastrophic thinking

  • Deal with intense negative emotions and experiences

  • Boost positive emotions

  • Holistically measure your life satisfaction

  • Holistically find balance in your life


*Holistic Approach considers the following factors: Family, Friends, Love Life, Environment, Diet, Exercise, Spirituality, Wellbeing, Growth, Career & Finances.

Background information: Positive emotion is much more than mere ‘happiness.’ As it includes hope, interest, joy, love, compassion, pride, amusement, and gratitude. They are a prime indicator of flourishing, and they can be cultivated or learned to improve wellbeing (Fredrickson, 2001). When individuals can explore, savor, and integrate positive emotions into daily life (and visualizations of future life), it improves habitual thinking and acting. Positive emotions can undo the harmful effects of negative emotions and promote resilience (Tugade & Fredrickson, 2004). Additionally, many researchers have definitively shown that positive emotions cause boost creativity.

Third Session

Strength Finder

Element: Engagement

Duration: 2hrs

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This activity utilize creative writing as a mean to:

  • Identify & leverage characteristic strength

  • Enhance job performance

  • Improve academic/career success

  • Achieve a state of flow and engagement

  • Enhance self-awareness and life/work satisfaction

  • Boost overall wellbeing

Background information: According to Seligman (2012), engagement is “being one with the music.” It is in line with Csikszentmihalyi’s (1989) concept of “flow.” Flow includes the loss of self- consciousness and complete absorption in an activity. In other words, it is living in the present moment and focusing entirely on the task at hand. Flow, or this concept of engagement, occurs when the perfect combination of challenge and skill/strength is found (Csikszentmihalyi & LeFevre, 1989). People are more likely to experience flow when they use their top character strengths. Research on engagement has found that individuals who try to use their strengths in new ways each day for a week were happier and less depressed after six months (Seligman, Steen, Park, & Peterson, 2005).

Fourth Session

The Arts of Communication

Element: Positive Relationships

Duration: 2hrs

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This activity utilize role play to:

  • Learn the different response styles

  • Cultivate active constructive response style

  • Build stronger and healthier relationships

  • Enhance leadership skills

  • Boost employee engagement and belonging

  • Encourage team buy-in

  • Increase productivity

  • Build a healthy workplace and organizational culture

  • Reduce conflict

  • Increase retention

Background information: Relationships encompass all the various interactions individuals have with partners, friends, family members, colleagues, bosses/mentors/supervisors, and their community at large. Relationships in the PERMA model refer to feeling supported, loved, and valued by others. Relationships are included in the model based on the idea that humans are inherently social creatures (Seligman, 2012). There is evidence of this everywhere, but social connections become particularly important as we age.

The social environment has been found to play a critical role in preventing cognitive decline, and strong social networks contribute to better physical health among older adults (Siedlecki, Salthouse, Oishi, & Jeswani, 2014). Many people have a goal of improving relationships with those they are closest to. Research has demonstrated that sharing good news or celebrating success fosters strong bonds and better relationships (Siedlecki et al., 2014). Additionally, responding enthusiastically to others, particularly in close or intimate relationships, increases intimacy, wellbeing, and satisfaction.

Fifth Session

Identify your purpose: If you

have life you have purpose

Element: Meaning

Duration: 2hrs

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This activity utilize various tools & activities to:

  • Identify your values

  • Identify your purpose

  • Learn the correlation between values, purpose & passion

  • Build a high‐performance culture

  • Boost a sense of value and worth

  • Enhance resilience, optimism & productivity

  • Improve overall health, wellbeing & life satisfaction

Background information:  Another intrinsic human quality is the search for meaning and the need to have a sense of value and worth. Seligman (2012) discussed meaning as belonging and/or serving something greater than ourselves. Having a purpose in life helps individuals focus on what is really important in the face of significant challenges or adversity.

Having meaning or purpose in life is different for everyone. Meaning may be pursued through a profession, a social or politcal cause, a creative endeavor, or a religious/spiritual belief. It may be found in a career or through extracurricular, volunteer, or community activities.

Sixth Session

Flourish: Repotting the

seeds of your mind

Element: Accomplishment

Duration: 3hrs 30mins

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This activity uses planting as a process for participants to:

  • Understand the difference between a fixed mindset & a growth mindset

  • Weed out outdated & limiting beliefs

  • Foster a growth mindset

  • Nourish new belief or goals

  • Set SMART goals and roadmaps to achieve them

  • Boost motivation & sense of direction

  • Boost wellbeing & sense of pride

Background information:  Accomplishment in PERMA is also known as achievement, mastery, or competence. A sense of accomplishment is a result of working toward and reaching goals, mastering an endeavor, and having self-motivation to finish what you set out to do. This contributes to wellbeing because individuals can look at their lives with a sense of pride (Seligman, 2012).

Accomplishment includes the concepts of perseverance and having a passion to attain goals. But flourishing and wellbeing come when accomplishment is tied to striving toward things with an internal motivation or working toward something just for the sake of the pursuit and improvement (Quinn, 2018). Achieving intrinsic goals (such as growth and connection) leads to larger gains in wellbeing than external goals such as money or fame (Seligman, 2013).


Sangha utilizes a holistic, non-formal, interactive learning as a mean to assist future leaders to have better understanding and relationship with their selves and surrounding; in a manner that help them raise their awareness of their wellbeing, which is the core source of every human’s success.



  • Learn how to unleash their human potential, identify their strengths and capabilities and utilize them to achieve their goals and live a life of purpose

  • Increasing a person's opportunities and choices in life

  • Make a successful move to the next stage of education or work

  • Apply their mental, emotional, social and physical skills to pursue a healthy lifestyle

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  • Develop socio-emotional literacy, learning to manage feelings, to build relationships, and understand others’ emotions

  • Develop the relevant abilities to express feelings in a healthy way, managing emotional and physical stress, and seeking assistance if necessary. As a result, tolerance, respect and understanding of others’ differences and emotions are promoted.


  • Make informed decisions in order to improve their mental, emotional, social and physical wellbeing

  • Experience positive aspects of healthy living and activity for themselves

  • Establish a pattern of health and wellbeing that will be sustained into adult life, and which will help to promote the health and wellbeing of the next generation of Saudi children

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  • Raise and empower conscious citizens and future leaders

  • Support achieving the SDG 3, 5, 11 and 16

  • Support achieving Saudi Vision 2030


I recently joined the planting workshop under a full moon out in the beautiful Riyadh desert. The workshop taught me to embrace routine responsibilities, practice patience and made me realize living things including us can still grow while overcoming setbacks. Thank you for such a wonderful experience, highly recommended!

-Richard J Trainor, Artist & Founder of Expression

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