The first of these is to Connect with others. A significant finding, replicated in various strands of research, is that relationships matter for well-being. Developing and nurturing relationships with family, friends and neighbours can enrich life and provide a sense of meaning.
Not only do people matter, but the way we interact with them can have an impact on our happiness and well-being. Giving our time to people we love, or helping a stranger for example, can increase happiness and encourage people to feel part of the community.
Being Active is important too. Doing activities such as gardening, going for a stroll in the park, joining a local yoga class or walking home from work can influence people?s energy and mood.
Another important ingredient for well-being is Curiosity. Being inquisitive involves noticing what?s happening around you. This means paying attention to those things which are good in life and which matter to you: a beautiful sunset, an autumn tree, or change of scenery. Being curious encourages people to look at the world with fresh eyes and can provide a sense of energy. This may also encourage people to want to find out more.
Learning new things is a great source of energy and engagement. Not only is learning engaging but learning new things, such as how to play an instrument or speak a new language, is challenging. Challenging activities encourage people to persevere and learn things they didn?t know before, and this builds confidence and leads to a sense of satisfaction.
The authors recommend that people assimilate these top tips into their daily lives to build their mental health and well-being. The great news is that these tips are either free of charge or have a small cost, which is great news for the hard economic times ahead. To read the report click here. To read a Times online article click here. Nic Marcs, from the New Economics Foundation, will be speaking at our next event ?Thriving in Turbulent Times? to find out more or to book a place click here.