We are all looking for happiness and research shows that our sense of wellbeing and happiness is strongly linked to our feeling of being connected to people. Modern lifestyles do not lend themselves to getting to know your neighbours or colleagues well. 

Five ways to wellbeing

The following steps have been researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation.  Notice the suggestions about making connections wth other people

Give…

Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

Connect...

Connect with the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.

Be Active...

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and one that suits your level of mobility and fitness.

Take notice...

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.

Keep learning...

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.

The Happiness manifesto 

Do these for two months and see the difference they make! Go on -challenge yourself

 1.      Get physical

Exercise for half an hour three times a week.

 2.      Count your blessings

At the end of each day, reflect on at least five things you’re grateful for.

 3.      Talk time

Have an hour-long uninterrupted conversation with your partner or closest friend each week.

 4.      Plant something

Even if it’s a window box or a pot plant. Keep it alive!

 5.      Cut your TV viewing by half

 6.      Smile at and/or say hello to a stranger