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Elaine Tarantin O'Brien, MAPP

Elaine is a doctoral teaching fellow at Temple University, and one of the first 100 globally to receive a Univ. of Pennsylvania MAPP: Masters of Applied Positive Psychology degree in 2008. An author and international presenter, Elaine designs & leads multi-genre, multi-level, (often intergeneration) group dance fitness programs. Elaine offers her signature Positive Energy Psychology: PEP Breaks for special occasions and meetings. An educator and consultant, Elaine encourages people to move well, often and to care for themselves and others. Elaine blends art and science, lifestyle medicine, movement and positive psychology, with a lens on performance, harnessing strengths, creating vitality, compassion and positive well-being in the world. Elaine embraces an appreciative leadership style, joy, and a passion for helping people via interventions with sustainability in heart, body and mind. Elaine won a 2012 IDEA Inspiration Award for her tenure as an IDEA member. To learn more, reach Elaine at [email protected]

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How to Use the PERMA Model With Older Adults

July 24, 2014

PERMA-based fitness training can pack a positive punch for fitness and wellness professionals looking to contribute to the well-being of our fast-growing population of active older adults. PERMA is devoted to developing social and mental strength, which can be very helpful in motivating older exercisers.

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Applying the PERMA Model

May 21, 2013

PERMA-based fitness training can pack a positive punch for IDEA fitness professionals looking to contribute to the well-being of our fast-growing population of active older adults.

What Is PERMA?
PERMA is devoted to developing social and mental strength, which can be very helpful in motivating older exercisers. The acronym was coined by Martin Seligman, considered the father of modern positive psychology, in Flourish:

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