Browsing through my latest National Trust Magazine (Autumn 2010) a feature on their new book "Simple Pleasures" caught my eye - a compilation from 50 people on what simple pleasure gave them happiness (includes the joy of knitting from designer Sally Muir as well as "thinking about grammar" (hhmm...) from Sebastian Faulks as well as, I expect, the more usual offerings of gazing at wonderful architecture, strolling through the peaceful countryside etc.).
On my list to investigate further ... but my thanks also goes to the Trust in same feature for alerting me to the wellbeing research from the New Economics Foundation. They reviewed some of the most up to date evidence and came up with "Five Ways To Wellbeing" and I quote:
With the people around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day.
Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness.
Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you.
Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun.
Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you."
Good advice for a healthy life ... and for a healthy business! What do you think?
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