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Five Ways to Wellbeing

We want to encourage individuals and communities in Buckinghamshire to adopt the five ways to improved wellbeing identified by the New Economics Foundation. This means more individuals taking up the five ways - connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.

What is Wellbeing?

Wellbeing is when you feel good and enjoy your day to day life and the things that we do and the way that we think, affects our wellbeing.
There are five ways that can help boost our wellbeing, each of these actions or 'ways to wellbeing' makes a positive difference to how we feel. Being aware of and combining these will make a difference and you might find that there is one way in particular where changes could be made.

Try them and see:

1. Connect - with your friends, family, neighbours and people at work. Have a conversation, pass the time of day, make time for that chat

2. Be Active - find a physical activity that you enjoy, go for a walk, try gardening

3. Take Notice - take the time to look at the day, the changing seasons. Savour the moment

4. Keep Learning - try something new whether it's making a new recipe, fixing the bike or even signing up for a course

5. Give - smile, do something nice for a friend or neighbour, make some time for others

Key Facts:

  • Happier people can add 7½ years to their life. Each of these Five Ways to Wellbeing has been shown to make a positive difference to how we feel
     
  • People with high levels of mental wellbeing are more likely to be in work or in full-time education
     
  • 1 in 4 people will experience mental distress during their lifetime