There are many ways to well-being. If you include at least some of eight ways outlined here into your day you will feel better, physically and mentally.

It is good to note that all of these ways to well-being are about being more and not about having more.

Ways to well-being

Connect with others

Connect with family, friends, colleagues, neighbours and even strangers. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Close relationships, more than money or fame, are what keep people happy throughout their lives. They enrich your lives and lead to social well-beingRead more ››

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. Read more ››


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. Read more ››

Engage in living

To paraphrase Carol Tavris, the way to happiness lies not in mindless hedonism, but in mindful challenge, engagement and flow. Read more ››

Stay active

Step outside. Go for a walk or run. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Swim. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness. Read more ››

Be creative

People flourish in the creative process, experiencing a reduction in stress, an increase in mental abilities, and more energy, engagement, confidence and motivation. Read more ››

Achieve balance

Balance is about ensuring that all aspects of life are given the proper attention. The objective is to make sure that one or more aspects do not fully dominate to the detriment of others. For instance, work alone cannot define us as people. A life of well-being includes many aspects, paid work being just one. Read more ››

Be Aware

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. 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. Read more ››