In 2008, an organisation called the New Economics Foundation developed a set of five evidence-based actions for a New Zealand government report on wellbeing. They called these actions the Five Ways to Wellbeing. After extensive research, they came to the conclusion that wellbeing does not depend on spending money or consuming more.

Wellbeing depends on the following five actions:

  1. Connect
  2. Take notice
  3. Keep learning
  4. Give
  5. Be active

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are meant as the mental health equivalent to the 5-a-day fruit and vegetable nutrition guidelines. I couldn’t agree with them more. I strongly believe that if you incorporate these five actions in your life, you’ll be pretty healthy and happy. They even say you can increase your life expectancy with up to 7,5 years!


If you want to take action to improve your wellbeing, there’s an app for that! You can Download the Five Ways to Wellbeing app for free from the Apple App and Google Play stores.

There’s also a brochure (and workbook) with more information on the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

Do you do any of these five actions?