The following steps have been researched and developed by the New Economic Foundation.  Building these five steps into our everyday life we can improve our well-being.  These steps can be used and adapted to suit children, young people and adults of all ages.

  • žWith the people around you at home, work, school or in your local community.
  • žSpend quality time with friends and family.
  • žTalk to neighbours and colleagues.
  • žTry and make new friends.
  • žGet involved in local community groups or social activities.
  • žOrganise play dates for your child.
  • žEnrol your child in clubs so they can make new friends.
  • žBuilding and maintaining relationships is an important part of wellbeing.
  • žWalk, scoot or cycle to school.
  • žTake your child to the park and play some games with them.
  • žTake the stairs rather than the lift.
  • žDo some gardening. 
  • žDance to your favourite music.
  • žPick an activity you enjoy and suits your level and you are more likely to stick with it.
  • žEncourage your child to take a sport or join an activity club.
  • žBeing active lifts your mood and increases your energy levels.
  • žTake time to slow down, be still, reflect and savour the moment.
  • žBe aware of what’s going on in the world around you: the everyday and the unusual.
  • žSpend time with your child noticing the sunsets, patterns in the clouds, the rainbows, the changing seasons.
  • žBe curious. Savour your favourite food.
  • žSpend time outdoors in parks and natural spaces, notice and breathe in the beauty of the natural world around you.
  • žReflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
  • žEmbrace new experiences, see challenges as opportunities. 
  • žSet goals and learn something new.
  • žTake your child to the library or visit a museum together.
  • žTeach your child new skills like cooking and try out a new recipe.
  • žResearch something you’re interested in.
  • žLearn a new word or a random fact.
  • žTake up a new hobby or rediscover an old one.
  • žLearning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
  • žYour time, your words, your presence.
  • žDo something nice for a friend.
  • žThank someone.
  • žSmile.
  • žVolunteer your time.
  • žRaise money for charity.
  • žBe a good role model.
  • žTake action to improve your neighbourhood.
  • žJoin a community group.
  • žTake time to listen to someone.
  • žHelping others can make you feel happier.