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This guide describes the Community Potluck events that have been hosted by Network of Wellbeing, in Totnes (UK). The aim of this document is to offer information and inspiration to help you to run similar activity in your own community. Considering the “Five ways to Wellbeing” developed by nef (new economics foundation), this event offers an opportunity for people to connect by meeting new people in their own community, learn a bit more about each other and about the concept of wellbeing by exploring the theme over conversations, give contributions towards the meal as well as potentially also offering time to help organise the event, be active by going to a new place to do something different and take notice of what their own community has to offer. So check out this informative guide, and find out how you could create a Community Potluck in your own area!
It’s important to take care of yourself and get the most from life. This booklet suggests 10 practical ways to look after your mental health. Making simple changes to how you live doesn’t need to cost a fortune or take up loads of time. Anyone can follow this advice. Why not start today?
It's often said that it's better to give than receive but did you know that this is actually backed up by research? The UK faces challenging and unstable times with volatile economic markets and job uncertainty. Many people say they feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others or say they will focus on doing good deeds when they have more ‘spare time’ but the evidence shows that helping others is beneficial forpeople’s mental health and wellbeing. It can help: - reduce stress - improve emotional wellbeing - benefit physical health - bring a sense of belonging and reduce isolation - get rid of negative feelings
It’s often said that it’s better to give than receive but did you know that this is actually backed up by research? While many of us feel too stressed and busy to worry about helping others, or say we’ll focus on doing good deeds when we have more ‘spare time’, evidence shows that helping others is actually beneficial for your own mental health and wellbeing. It can help reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health. As part of the work to help the nation lead mentally healthy lives, Mental Health Foundation have produced this pocket guide to show the positive impact that helping others can have on your own mental health, including some tips and suggestions to help you get started and a diary to keep track of how you’re getting on.
Over three and a half years, the Well London programme empowered some of the capital’s most deprived communities to take a proactive role in enhancing their health and wellbeing. Within this programme, there were a number of strands of work with Be Creative Be Well representing the importance of art and creativity in health agendas. This report is an independent evaluation of Be Creative Be Well, looking at the impact that the quality of the arts and cultural activity can have in community engagement and in improving health and wellbeing.
Thrive is a national charity that uses gardening to change lives. We champion the benefits of gardening, carry out research and offer training and practical solutions so that anyone with a disability can take part in, benefit from and enjoy gardening. The Growing 4 Life project was set up with the support of Ecominds and the Big Lottery to work with older people with mental health support needs, using the therapeutic powers of gardening to help people regain confidence, build self esteem and motivation as well as creating new social networks. Through participation in the project people will have a direct impact on their local environment by creating better local green spaces. The project also looked at creating an environment where participants felt able to continue working in the green space as part of a self support peer group. The learning outcomes and evidence gained through delivery of this project has been used to produce this free resource guide to setting up a community garden project for people affected by mental ill-health.
‘Parents want their children to be happy and positive about the future. But at times, the huge range of advice from parenting manuals, friends, family and other places can be overwhelming. ‘What make this guide different is that it’s influenced by the people that really know what they’re talking about – children themselves. It’s based on interviews with thousands of children about what makes them happy with their lives. ‘And the good news is that most of it is very straightforward. It’s about taking time to talk – and listen – to our children, showing them warmth, keeping them active and learning, letting them hang out with friends and explore their local environment.’
Nic Marks thinks quality of life is measurable. Pioneer in the field of well-being research, he creates statistical methods to measure happiness, analyzing and interpreting the evidence so that it can be applied to such policy fields as education, sustainable development, healthcare, and economics. Founder of the Centre for Well-Being, an independent think tank at the New Economics Foundation (NEF), in London, Marks is particularly keen to promote a balance between sustainable development and quality of life. To investigate this, he devised the Happy Planet Index, a global index of human well-being and environ- mental impact. Ragnhild Bang Nes is a researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Oslo) and is focused on finding out the role of the environment regarding our personal happiness and general well-being.
This report focuses on resilience; setting out the types of services, resources and infrastructure that need to be in place locally to support resilient communities, helping people to ‘feel good and function well’. It will be of interest to those who commission (or aim to influence the commissioning of) local services, those who provide services that impact on the wellbeing and resilience of their local community and those who use these services.
This ‘How to’ guide is one of a series designed to bring together learning from the five-year Right Here programme initiated by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Mental Health Foundation. This particular guide is aimed at youth organisations working with young people, to help to embed mental wellbeing improvement practices within the organisations.
This report presents key findings from the Sovereign Wellbeing Index about the wellbeing of New Zealand adults in late 2012. The survey is the first national representation of how New Zealanders are faring on a personal and social level. The Sovereign Wellbeing Index provides a much needed look into how New Zealanders are coping within the economic conditions. Wellbeing around New Zealand - Using flourishing as a measure of wellbeing there were small but consistent effects of gender, age and income. Older, female and wealthier New Zealanders on average showed higher flourishing scores. Similar findings were found across all other measures of wellbeing giving some confidence in the convergence of measures. - There were only small differences in average flourishing scores between ethnic groups (NZ European slightly higher than Asian) and regions across New Zealand. - Social position was a powerful indicator of wellbeing. Those higher on the social ladder reported much higher wellbeing. - The five Winning Ways to Wellbeing were all strongly associated with higher wellbeing. People who socially connected with others (Connect), gave time and resources to others (Give), were able to appreciate and take notice of things around them (Take notice), were learning new things in their life (Keep learning), and were physically active (Be Active) experienced higher levels of wellbeing
Café Conversations are an easy-to-use method for creating a living network of collaborative dialogue around questions that matter in service of the real work. Conducting an exciting Café Conversation is not hard- it’s limited only by your imagination! The Café format is flexible and adapts to many different circumstances. When these guidelines are used in combination, they foster collaborative dialogue, active engagement and constructive possibilities for action.
Climate Change and Lifestyles is the first in a series of guidebooks supporting the UNESCO/ UNEP YouthXchange (YXC) Initiative, which was created in 2001 to promote sustainable lifestyles among youth (15-24 years) through education, dialogue, awareness raising and capacity building. The series is being produced for young people and people working with youth, such as educators, teachers, trainers and youth leaders in both developed and developing countries. The guidebook: • Considers the causes and effects of climate change and its human impacts and responses, while connecting them to lifestyle choices and the technical and social infrastructures of a society; • Provides scientific, political, economic, social, ethical and cultural perspectives on climate change; • Explains complex issues in accessible language supported by facts, graphics, images, examples and web links; • Develops the critical skills young people need to make personal choices to address the challenges of climate change.
For all educators. Using the Project Happiness Handbook, dive into the three major research-based concepts that form the foundation of the Project Happiness pedagogy: social and emotional wellness, mindfulness, role of a facilitator rather than a teacher. Designed as a comprehensive guide for educators, the Facilitators Guide includes supplemental activities to be used in conjunction with the Project Happiness Handbook.
Social capital is of benefit to health and well-being. This toolkit provides a way of understanding and measuring this. For organizations whose work increases social capital, it will give a way of measuring what they already do. For others it will provide a framework to plan and evaluate new social capital activities. It will be useful, therefore, for managers, management committee members and funders to: - Measure the impact of existing work on social capital and health - Develop ideas to increase social capital - Clarify health and social capital outcomes - Plan or commission new work.
This booklet has been designed to support people in taking action to have a healthier and more satisfying life. The “5 ways to wellbeing” have been identified through extensive reviews of research and expert opinion as simple actions that anyone can take that will have a positive impact on surprising in these messages other than knowing that there is substantial evidence to support their value in living well and that small changes can make a big difference. This workbook guides you through the “5 ways to wellbeing” and invites you to consider that they mean for you and what action and changes you would like to make in your own life.
The widespread interest in and concern for mental and emotional wellbeing in the population poses some key questions. Beyond ensuring the availability of effective mental health care and treatment how could mental health be promoted? If the emphasis is to be on promoting wellbeing rather than treating illness or merely “coping” or “getting by” what could be said with confidence? Is there a comparable message to the “5 a day” (fruit and vegetables) for physical health which seemed to have successfully engaged with public awareness? What could people be encouraged and advised to do in order to enhance their own wellbeing that was practical, available and free?
For Middle School, High School, Individuals and Groups. This program, designed for busy people, introduces you to some of the foundational tools that Project Happiness teaches, in a time-slot that works.? These 10 short lessons are great for advisory groups, homeroom, or when you need to move the class in a positive direction. This is an effective way to enhance any SEL program. Small time commitment, big benefits.
For Middle School, High School or groups. “Circle of Happiness” is one of the fastest ways to develop more individual and classroom happiness. Students get to explore how the science of happiness ties into their own life experiences, and learn practical tools to deal with day-to-day challenges. Discussion questions amplify empathy, and inspire a new level of connection. This is a perfect way for students to learn SEL skills while empowering their happiness.
This report reveals that youngers teenagers have lower well-being than other age groups in most aspects of their lives. The findings come from our eight-year, ground-breaking programme of research, in collaboration with the University of York, to explore and measure children’s subjective well-being. This is the second in our series of annual reports to outline what we know about the quality of children’s lives – as rated by children themselves. What does the report say? So far, we have run surveys and consultations with over 42,000 children aged eight and above. 
Many areas of life influence the health and wellbeing of families. This review identifies some of the evidence about what is known to influence family wellbeing. The focus is on positive behaviours that people have some direct control over. We found that six domains (or themes) are key. These are described under the following headings: eat, move, connect, learn, play and give. Robust research evidence exists showing that each of these have relevance for the health and wellbeing of families.
Here is our 28-page guidebook all about the Ten Keys to Happier Living. For each Key it provides an introduction, an inspiring image, a question to ponder, a thought-provoking quote and practical action ideas, all underpinned by the latest wellbeing research.
Commissioned by the Government's Foresight project on Mental Capital and Wellbeing, this report recommends five ways towards well-being. It presents the evidence and rationale between each of the five ways, drawing on a wealth of psychological literature.
A new animation exploring the 5 Ways to well-being. Richmond Fellowship has worked with CWP to create a highly original animation "Take 5". Created by 43 participants, the animation explores 5 individual themes to well-being: Connect, Take Notice, Keep Learning, Give and Be Active.
This animation was made to illustrate how engaging in creative activities can contribute to our wellbeing. Through 5 short stories, the animation demonstrates how easy it is to combine creativity and the 5 Ways to Wellbeing and how we can all benefit from incorporating both into our daily lives. The animation was created by Richmond Fellowship's (RF) Creative Arts Programme. Now in its second year, the Programme is designed to further the recovery of people who use RF's Services through engagement in creative projects.
This report presents the results of a scoping exercise looking at how the Five Ways to Wellbeing have been used across the UK since their launch as part of the Foresight report in October 2008.The aims of this work are twofold.1. To develop an increased understanding about the scope and potentialof the Five Ways to Wellbeing as a tool to improve population mental health and wellbeing.2. To review how the Five Ways to Wellbeing are currently being used by local and national agencies to help identify future opportunities.