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NEF Calls for New Measures of Progress Beyond GDP

Focusing only on Gross domestic product (GDP) as a sign of societal progress does not reflect the priorities of the British people, says a new report from the London-based think-and-do tank, the New Economics Foundation (NEF). In the new report, released today, NEF says that rather than GDP, the public is more concerned about wellbeing, the quality of jobs, environmental protection, fairness and health. Good economic and social policy should make these the priorities, the report concludes. Here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are happy to be one of the organisations which endorsed this NEF report.

Bringing Art and Nature into Places Devoted to Health

This post shares a short introduction to the work of the Magic Dye House, a recent recipient of a grant via the Totnes Wellbeing Fund (TWF). The TWF aims to support individuals and community groups in Totnes (Devon, UK) and surroundings, helping them to turn great ideas to boost wellbeing into reality. Because a small change can make a big difference, we’re keen to support initiatives where a little input from us could really enhance personal, community and environmental wellbeing. Find out more here, and please be aware that the deadline for applications for the next round of the TWF is Friday 11th December 2015. Watch out on our blog for further information on the other exciting projects that have been granted the TWF.

Connect with Nature for Improved Mental Health, says Jonathon Porritt

In this post Jonathon Porritt, well-known environmentalist and current President of The Conservation Volunteers, reflects on the importance of connecting with Nature for our mental health. Jonathon has kindly shared this post with us here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) as part of our series of guest blog posts and videos we’ll be sharing this week in the lead up to World Environment Day on Friday, 5th June.

Health is More Than the Absence of Disease

Health should be seen as more than simply a life without illness. The World Health Organization (WHO) acknowledges this in its definition of health. WHO defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Yet, this can leave us with further questions, such as: What more health does involve, and what can we do to support more holistic health and wellbeing? This post is the ninth in a series highlighting the best resources from each of the ten categories in our Wellbeing Database. The series has so far explored wellbeing in relation to the environment, education, food, economy, community, family, work and ethics. This post follows with a summary some of the best resources relating to health and wellbeing.