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Five Ways to Wellbeing

Five Ways to Wellbeing

The five ways to wellbeing are a set of evidence-based actions to improve well-being. 

They were developed by the centre for well-being at NEF (the New Economics Foundation) as part of the UK Government’s Foresight project on wellbeing. 

The evidence suggests that building the action areas into our everyday lives has benefit for wellbeing. These thriving individuals are then able to further contribute to the community.

Five simple Action Areas:

  1. Connect
  2. Give
  3. Be Active
  4. Keep Learning
  5. Take Notice


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Past Evidence Reports

PDFEvidence report 2008
PDFEvidence report 2011

For more information contact Council's Youth Liaison Officer on 02 4868 0888 or email Michelle.Williams@wsc.nsw.gov.au.
Last Updated: April 4th, 2019
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