5 Ways to Wellbeing

Time and time again, scientific studies have shown us that if we do the following five things listed below, happiness will increase.

  1. Connect
  2. Be Active
  3. Keep learning
  4. Help others
  5. Taking notice

We can all make active and deliberate choices about changing the state in which we find ourselves. We just need to begin. Below are some top tactics for implementing these five things in your life, right now.

1. Connect

Each person you meet is a doorway into another world. Building solid and varied social connections in your life can increase your feelings of happiness and self-worth.

  • Every mate you have started out as ‘someone you didn’t know’. Strike up some chat with someone you’ve often wondered about saying ‘hello!’ to. They might be a total legend.
  • Message a friend. It doesn’t matter what it says, people appreciate it when you think of them.

2. Be Active

Let’s not get it twisted – what you do with your body can have a powerful effect on your mental wellbeing. Gym not your vibe? There are loads of ways to stay active whilst enjoying life.

Plank for one minute! Doing this for a minute today will reap huge benefits. To see what we mean by a plank, type it into Google.

3. Keep Learning

A comfort zone is a cool place but nothing ever grows there. Step out of the comfort zone. You will learn things you never knew that you never knew.

Ask yourself “if money were no issue, what would I want to spend my life doing?” Figuring that out is a good place to start.

Go online and check out TED for thousands of short, powerful talks delivered by world’s leading thinkers and doers.  Watch one talk on a topic that interests you.

4. Help Others

Whether it’s giving a mate a hand, throwing your weight in behind a cause that matters or just supporting other people in some way. Giving is like gold-dust for our mental wellbeing.

  1. Be really friendly to a shopkeeper and ask them what they are up to on the weekend.
  2. Stop to help someone struggling with their bags up some stairs.
  3. Hold the door open for someone.
  4. Do a chore for your family.
  5. Show appreciation for someone publicly.

5. Take Notice

Happiness is often right in front of your eyes – more than enough to be happy right now. You don’t have to run into the future in order to get more.

  • Take notice of how you are feeling at this very moment, watch your thoughts and feel the sensations in the body.
  • Try looking at something right you see all the time (whatever in front of you right now!) Look at the detail. See anything you haven’t notice before?

To understand how to feel your best, we first need to unpick two distinctive states – pleasure and happiness.

Most of us think that the key to happiness is maximizing our personal pleasure and minimising pain. But there is a difference between pleasure and happiness. Pleasure does not necessarily lead to happiness.

Pleasure is always temporary. It is can be experienced through consuming things such as eating food or buying clothes or the latest gadgets. The problem is, when our consumption of it is over, the pleasure immediately disappears. When the sensation dies, the impulse comes into the brain, “Give me more pleasure!” but when we can’t get more, we are left where we started.

Happiness is a deeper and more rewarding state.

The difference between happiness and pleasure is that we can act directly in order to achieve instant pleasure but happiness can only be experienced as a by-product of living skillfully.

If we want to be happy, we have to live life well, and we need to act right.