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Six ways to boost your happiness

Wheel of WellbeingLooking after your physical health is essential but sometimes we forget about our mental health, which it’s just as important to take care of. The Wheel of Well-being is a handy way to think about some of the things you can do to help you improve your mood, reduce the risk of depression, strengthen your relationships, and even add up to seven years to your life.

It’s made up of six easy steps, so why not give them a try and see how they can make a difference to your happiness?

Mind: keep learning

Coping with stressful situations, being more optimistic and better satisfied are just a couple of benefits that life-long learners get. Classes and courses are great ways to learn, so have a look at what Surrey Adult Learning has to offer

Body: be active

Small amounts of exercise can boost your mental alertness, reduce stress and anxiety, and increase your self-esteem. Think about joining a local sports club – Active Surrey have some great options for clubs and activities to take part in.Wheel logo

Planet: care

Your life satisfaction can improve lots if you play your part in looking after the planet. Have a look at Recycle for Surrey for lots of simple tips and ideas to help you cut down on waste, from tasty recipes that use up leftover food, to how you can recycle old clothes and home textiles.

Spirit: give

Giving to others can make you happier which in turn makes you more likely to carry on giving, so it’s a great way to begin a cycle of generosity and happiness. Volunteering is a great way to do this – have a look at some of the many opportunities to volunteer in Surrey here.

Place: take notice

You’re more likely to understand yourself better and enjoy your life if you pay attention to what’s around you. Try taking a stroll through some of Surrey’s spectacular countryside, or finding out about how mindfulness could help – you’ll find lots of information about it on the NHS website.

People: connect

Socialising can make you more confident and reduce your chances of becoming depressed and lonely. It’s a great reason to meet up with an old friend or have a chat on the phone with a family member. You could also help out in your local community and get to know your neighbours, or volunteer as a befriender – search on Surrey Information Point to find out about befriending schemes where you live.

Have a look at the Healthy Surrey website for lots more ideas.

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