Five Ways to Wellbeing
  • Last updated:
  • 12 Sep 2016

The idea of Five Ways to Wellbeing provides five key actions you can take to improve wellbeing. It was developed from research published through the New Economics Foundation.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:

  1. Connect  With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
  2. Be Active  Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
  3. Take Notice  Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
  4. Keep Learning  Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
  5. Give  Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

Council has produced the Five Ways to Wellbeing Postcards [1.2MB].

The postcards highlight the Five Ways messages and introduce five local residents who are improving their wellbeing every day in their way.

For more information access the New Economics Foundation website, or view the Five Ways to Wellbeing Evidence Paper.