5 Ways to Wellbeing

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What are the 5 Ways to Wellbeing?

Mental wellbeing means feeling good – about ourselves and the world around us – and functioning well. Feelings of happiness, contentment, enjoyment, curiosity and engagement are characteristic of someone who has a positive experience of their life. Equally important for well-being is our functioning in the world. Experiencing positive relationships, having some control over one’s life and having a sense of purpose are all important attributes of wellbeing.

Wellbeing is important to everyone! Your wellbeing is important!

Research has shown that there are five ways to wellbeing that we can all get involved with: whether it’s getting out and about, doing a good deed, spending time with others, going for a walk, taking more notice of our local environment or learning to do something new.

A review of the most up-to-date evidence suggests that building the following five actions into our day-to-day lives is important for well-being-: Connect, Give, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing activities are simple actions people can do in their everyday lives that can improve emotional health. All five of these suggestions are free, easily achievable and applicable to everyone’s life regardless of their circumstances. Many of us will already be doing some of the ‘5 ways’ some of the time without even being aware of it. Even small things can enhance wellbeing: whether it’s getting out and about, doing a good deed, or learning to do something new.

Make a pledge to yourself to do something positive for your own wellbeing!

For more information or to find out how you can incorporate 5Ways into your life please visit:  http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/5waysmk  

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5ways sample poster


5 ways Wellbeing poster (PDF, 529KB)
5ways sample flyer
5 ways Wellbeing A5 flyer (PDF, 563KB)

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Connect tool kit

  • Boiler plate key messages
  • Social media content ideas
  • A list of any events to attend and promote
  • Printed materials or downloadable files to use to promote the campaign.
  • Links to the PH 5 ways Landing page


Connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in a local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building stronger, wider social connections can help us feel happier and more secure, and give us a greater sense of purpose. Building these connections will support and enrich your every day.

Evidence shows that good relationships – with family, friends and our wider communities – are important for our mental wellbeing.

Research has also found that happy people have stronger social relationships than less happy people – this may be because social networks promote a sense of belonging and wellbeing. There's also evidence that wellbeing can be passed on through relationships. Being around people with strong mental wellbeing can improve your own mental wellbeing.

Building relationships for wellbeing means:

  • Strengthening your relationships with people who are close to you, such as family and friends
  • Broadening your relationships in your community and the wider world

Idea to connect 

  • Make time each day to spend with your family – maybe to play a game with the children, or just talk.
  • Arrange a day out with friends you haven’t seen for a while.
  • Speak to someone new today.
  • Visit a friend or family member who needs support or company – and listen to them.
  • Volunteer at a local school, hospital or community group. This is also a way of giving your time.
  • Pop into your  local community centre 
  • Check out a local community group
  • Become a superhero – volunteer

MK Activities for Connect this November

  • Visit your local library find out about hobbies and clubs in MK
  • Do you know your neighbour? Take part in an online poll
  • Add in your own organisations events

Boiler plate Key messages – Connect

  • Connect with people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours
  • Build relationships for wellbeing
  • Broaden your relationships in your community
  • Connecting with others makes us happier
  • Staying connected helps us mentally, physically, socially and emotionally 

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Social Media

Building connections will enrich your life everyday #5WTWBMKConnect

Do you know your neighbour?

Build relationships for wellbeing              

Connecting makes us happier

Become a superhero – volunteer!

Speak to someone new today

Arrange a day out with friends

Your social networks are important

Feeling fed up - connect

Talking makes you feel better

Feel good – volunteer

Make time for people in your life

Strong social relationships = STRONGER YOU

Make the call you’ve been meaning to make

Smile and say hello

Find out about connecting at www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/5waysmk

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Last Updated: 7 August 2019