The six ways to wellbeing
The concept of wellbeing comprises two main elements: feeling good and functioning well. Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life. Equally important for wellbeing is our functioning in the world. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over one’s life and having a sense of purpose are all important attributes of wellbeing. When considering these elements, the New Economics Foundation created The Five Ways to Wellbeing in 2008 - as a set of evidence-based actions that promote wellbeing in everyday life.
These are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Learn and Develop and Give.
The University followed on from this to develop the Six Ways to Wellbeing including Be Healthy. These are holistic actions that make wellbeing easier to integrate into your life.
Make contact with the people around you.
Discover an activity you enjoy. Being active makes you feel good.
Be aware of the world around you.
Learn & discover
Make time to try something new.
Do something for a friend, colleague or stranger.
Look after yourself. Make healthy choices.