Five ways to wellbeing

Paul Cheal, 24 September 2015

This week the Honner team hosted our pro bono PR partner superfriend – a not for profit mental health foundation formed by Industry Super Funds and their Group Insurers.

Program Manager, Kristina Basile, took the Honner team through the five key actions that research shows are important in our day-to-day lives to enhance our well-being:

Connect: 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.

Take notice: How often do you see people walking down the street or sitting on the bus absorbed by their mobile phone or iPad? How often is that you? Take a moment to notice your surroundings. Be in the present, savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends.

Keep learning: Try something new whether at work or in your personal life. Sign up for that course. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set yourself a challenge.

Give: Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Research shows people feel significantly more rewarded when doing something for someone other than themselves.

Exercise: It doesn’t have to be strenuous. If you don’t like running, go for a walk or ride a bike. Step outside, dance, laugh, find what works for you, whatever it is, it will make you feel good.

The above actions apply as much for individuals as for businesses. Honner is continually looking for ways to incorporate these into our work environment. Our next challenge: our team is entering this year’s jp morgan corporate challenge in Sydney on November 11. We look forward to seeing you on the start line!

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