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How to be a Wellbeing Practitioner

Guest post by Chris Johnstone, positive psychologist and author

Years ago I trained as a medical practitioner. These days, I prefer to think of myself as a wellbeing practitioner. I see this role as exciting, inviting and life-enhancing. The shifts I’ve made in my transition from medicine reflect a deeper perspective change relevant not only to health-care but also to life in general.

Final Tickets and Bursaries for Building Wellbeing Together Weekend!

Would you like to enjoy a weekend exploring happiness and wellbeing in a beautiful countryside venue? Then join the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Hawkwood Centre for Future Thinking at the Building Wellbeing Together Weekend from 22nd - 24th September 2017 in Stroud, UK! With only a few weeks left until the event, we have a small number of places left and we are also able to offer a small bursary contribution to those who would otherwise not be able to attend.

Breaking the Spell of Loneliness and Building Wellbeing Together

Loneliness could be considered the antithesis of happiness and wellbeing. Leading research shows that the single most important action people can take to enhance wellbeing is to ‘connect’ with others. This offers a valuable clue as to the links between loneliness and wellbeing: as loneliness increases, wellbeing and happiness tends to fall, and vice versa. This is one reason why here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are proud to support the ‘Breaking The Spell of Loneliness Tour’ run by leading journalist George Monbiot and folk singer Ewan McLennan. This Tour has sought to directly address loneliness and build wellbeing by bringing people together to connect, share and enjoy inspiring music.

Building Wellbeing Together: Full Programme and Final Early Bird Deadline!

How can we build wellbeing together; in our own lives, in wider society and in harmony with the natural world?

The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) and Hawkwood College are exploring this question at the Building Wellbeing Together Weekend from 22nd - 24th September 2017 in Stroud, UK - and we'd like you to join us!

We have recently confirmed the full programme for this event. Tickets are on sale now, and we have a limited number of early bird tickets available until 14th July at latest.

How Does Nature Improve Happiness and Wellbeing?

The wellbeing benefits of the natural world are regularly highlighted here at the Network of Wellbeing, and so it’s a pleasure to see that many other people share our passion. One example of this is the well-respected Arts and Humanities Research Council supporting a research project on Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing. This project is led by Samantha Walton at Bath Spa University, and explores the links between nature, health and environmentalism in 20th and 21st century literature.