Arts and health: five ways to wellbeing

Arts and health: five ways to wellbeing

By Jody Aked
Nic Marks
Corrina Cordon
Sam Thompson


The centre for wellbeing at nef was commissioned by the UK Government's Foresight programme to develop a set of evidence-based actions to improve personal well-being. This report outlines the key findings from the study which firstly focused on the development of a list of evidence-based actions for enhancing wellbeing and then secondly the messaging of those selected actions, resulting in the 'five ways to wellbeing'.  

A review of the most up-to-date evidence suggests that building the following five actions into our day-to-day lives is important for well-being:


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.

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Resource type: Research | Published: 2013