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!
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Introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Philosopher and author Roman Krznaric explains how we can help drive social change by stepping outside ourselves.
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.
‘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.’
Sam Berns, age 17, was diagnosed with Progeria when he was 22 months old; a genetic disorder that results with rapid, premature aging. Progeria affects only 1 out of 4 to 8 million birhs and approximately 350 children, in the world, have this disease. His parents, both pediatricians, established The Progeria Research Foundation in 1999 to find the cause, treatment and cure. Children with Progeria live an average of 13 years. In 2013, Sam’s story was broadcasted as a documentary film with the title: Life according to Sam. His courage and spirit moved everyone who came into contact with him. Sam also shared his life philosophy at this TEDxMidAtlantic in October 2013. “No matter what I choose to become, I believe that I can change the world.” he said in his talk at TEDx. “And as I’m striving to change the world, I will be happy.”
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 document is presented in a way that it: • Illustrates the journey of the initial Asset Based approach in Wakefield. • Draws together the ‘research’ of the Asset Based data for analysis and review. • Provides illustrative examples to guide future activity for Asset Based and Co- production Approaches - through to potential commissioning. • Draws together the links between Asset Based/Co Production approaches and the development of the JSNA.
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
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?
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.
This TED talk by Rick Hanson, Author of Hardwiring Happiness: The New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm, and Confidence, shows you how to tap the hidden power of everyday experiences to change your brain and your life for the better. Hardwiring Happiness shows how you can beat the brain’s negativity bias, which is like Velcro for negative experiences but Teflon for positive ones. This bias evolved to help ancient animals survive, but today it makes us feel needlessly frazzled, worried, irritated, lonely, inadequate, and blue. Instead, in just a few seconds at a time in the flow of daily life, you can turn your experiences – the pleasure in a cup of coffee, the accomplishment in finishing a tricky email, the warmth from a friend’s smile – into lasting inner strengths built into your brain, such as resilience, balance, and positive emotions. Grounded in neuroscience, Hardwiring Happiness is super practical, full of easy-to-use methods and guided practices to grow a steady well-being, self-worth, and inner peace. And it has special sections on children, motivation, relationships, trauma, and spiritual practice.
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.