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
  • Happier
    Popular welbeing app which also focuses on mindfulness and gratitude.