Five Ways to Wellbeing

The Five Ways to Wellbeing is a set of evidence-based public mental health messages aimed at improving mental health and wellbeing. It originated in a project through the UK government in 2010 and like the other theories we’ve explored, breaks wellbeing into five dimensions.  The elements are listed as actions to take rather than categories, but you will see many of the same themes represented. The Five Ways to Wellbeing are:

  • Connect – with people around you.
  • Be Active – move, play in a way that is of interest and safe.
  • Take Notice – be curious, reflect, be aware of things around you.
  • Keep Learning – try something new, challenge yourself
  • Give – do something nice for someone else, feel connected to others and your community.

This framework promotes the idea of each individual’s actions and choices, as well as its use in strategic planning for communities. It is a call for individuals to take action to improve their own wellbeing.


National Mental Health Development Unit (NMHDU)2 and the NHS Confederation. FIve Ways to Wellbeing (2010).