Research has shown that people who help others or carry out regular acts of kindness are more likely to rate themselves as happy and have a greater sense of wellbeing. Engaging in acts of kindness and giving helps us strengthen our connections with others and help refocus away from material belongings as a marker of what makes us happy. Notice how you feel when you have helped others or performed an act of kindness. Even the smallest acts make a difference to our wellbeing.
Why not try:
- Make a colleague a cup of tea
- Help someone with a task
- Give a friend a present, just because
- Write a letter
- Say thank you to your colleagues for their hard work
- Make a cake and give it to someone
- Join a community group
- Volunteer your time
Tools and Exercises
- Wheel of Wellbeing
‘WOW’ yourself with this interactive Wheel of Wellbeing tool full of activities and tips to improve your wellbeing in each of the five areas.
- CCI activities
The Centre for Clinical Interventions has put together a comprehensive list of activities to improve your welbeing.
- Ways to Wellbeing
Southern Health and Social Care Trust has put together this handy booklet for implementing your wellbeing five a day
- Five Ways to Wellbeing
Developed by Somerset Public Health, the app helps people improve their wellbeing through everyday activities. It gives users a chance to reflect on their wellbeing, set activities to help improve their wellbeing and track their progress.
- Happy Healthy:
Happy promises to make you happier in seven days
Popular welbeing app which also focuses on mindfulness and gratitude.