Take 5 steps to wellbeing

Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well, but sometimes we need a little extra support to keep well. There are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing. Try to build these into your daily life – think of them as your 'five a day' for wellbeing.

We have developed an innovative search engine to help find the five ways near you. This interface allows you to explore ways to give, connect, be active, keep learning and take notice in your community.

Or click on the buttons below to learn more about the Five Ways to Wellbeing:

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You can type in your town, or area code, or zoom in to see what is available in your area.
Examples are:
Belfast; Dublin 2; Active Ballina; Give Galway

We are continually expanding and improving this map.

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Take control of your own wellbeing. 

Most of us know when we are mentally and physically well, but sometimes we need a little extra support to keep well. There are five simple steps to help maintain and improve your wellbeing. Building these small actions into your day-to-day life can make a big difference to your levels of wellbeing. They will make you feel good and feeling good about yourself and others is a really important part of being healthy. Think of them as your 5-a-day for wellbeing. 

There is substantial evidence that incorporating the ‘5 Ways’ into your life can have lifelong positive outcomes, helping evolve a culture of wellbeing changes - prevention is always better than cure!

5 Ways to Wellbeing database

Our ‘5 Ways to Wellbeing’ database provides an easy way for you to find local resources that incorporate the ‘5 Ways’, which are: 

Connecting with people around you

There is strong evidence that indicates that feeling close to, and valued by, other people is a fundamental human need and one that contributes to functioning well in the world.

It’s clear that social relationships are critical for promoting wellbeing and for acting as a buffer against mental ill health for people of all ages.

Becoming more active

Regular physical activity is associated with lower rates of depression and anxiety across all age groups.

Exercise is essential for slowing age-related cognitive decline and for promoting well-being.

But it doesn’t need to be particularly intense for you to feel good - slower-paced activities, such as walking, can have the benefit of encouraging social interactions as well providing some level of exercise.

Taking notice

Reminding yourself to ‘take notice’ can strengthen and broaden awareness.

Studies have shown that being aware of what is taking place in the present directly enhances your well-being and savouring ‘the moment’ can help to reaffirm your life priorities.

Heightened awareness also enhances your self-understanding and allows you to make positive choices based on your own values and motivations.

Take some time to enjoy the moment and the environment around you.

Keep learning

Continued learning through life enhances self-esteem and encourages social interaction and a more active life.

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the opportunity to engage in work or educational activities particularly helps to lift older people out of depression.

The practice of setting goals, which is related to adult learning in particular, has been strongly associated with higher levels of wellbeing.

Why not learn something new today?


Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research.

Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.