Wellbeing is defined as the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.
Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that if we do the following five things listed below, happiness will increase.
- Be Active
- Keep learning
- Help others
- Taking notice
Examples of how to do the above
With the people around you, with family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Think of these relationships as the foundations of your life. Invest time in developing them. Building these connections will help support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good., Discover an activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Savour the moment. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to cook something new. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving, not one that is a chore. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can rewarding and will create connections with the people around you.
Find out more and take a step towards better health and wellbeing
We can all make active and deliberate choices about changing the state in which we find ourselves, we just need to begin. Finding information, advice and useful resources can help and you can find some of those things here.