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What is wellbeing? How do we find wellbeing? These are questions that people have been asking themselves for a long time. Quite recently, there has been a great deal of scientific interest in what ‘wellbeing’ is. What the scientists have found will probably not be a surprise to anyone. Wellbeing, loosely speaking, is our sense of how well our lives are going. We feel our lives are going well when we:

  • have a sense of individual vitality
  • take part in activities that are meaningful, engaging, and which make us feel competent and in charge of our lives
  • have a stock of inner resources that help us to cope when things go wrong and be resilient to changes beyond our immediate control

These are things that require work and investment on our part. There are five things we can begin doing right away, in order to increase our wellbeing and the wellbeing of the people around us.