All of our work is informed by the 5 ways to wellbeing

The 5 ways to wellbeing are based on a report by the New Economics Foundation (NEF). In 2008 the NEF was commissioned by the Government to develop a set of evidence-based actions to improve personal wellbeing.  Their findings showed that a small improvement in wellbeing can improve mental health and help people to flourish. 

The concept of wellbeing comprises two main elements - feeling good and functioning well.

Feeling good

Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life.

Functioning well

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. 

The NEF's report founded the 5 ways of wellbeing, which have been taken forward by many community organisations. Find out more about the New Economics Foundation's work and recommendations.

What are the 5 ways to wellbeing?

Be active

Do what you can, enjoy what you do, move your mood.


Talk and listen, be there, feel connected.


Your time, your words, your presence.

Keep learning

Embrace new experiences, see opportunities, surprise yourself.

Take notice

Remember the simple things that give you joy.

Our Connect advisers can help you consider how the 5 ways to wellbeing can improve your life and health. Please contact us if you would like to discuss a personalised 5 ways action plan.

Find out about local opportunities to improve your wellbeing