The self-help and advice publishing genre has grown enormously: it’s worth millions every year. However, faced with shelves of helpful-sounding titles, it can be very hard to know what might really be useful or which ideas might work for us. We’ve started by looking at what some experts say and will be adding more information later.
The Wellbeing College provides you with knowledge, skills and confidence to manage your health and wellbeing. Courses and workshops on offer cover a broad range of subjects including long term health conditions, mental wellbeing, exercise and fitness, and social support.Telephone: 01225 831820 / www,wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk
Five Ways to Wellbeing
The five ways to wellbeing were researched and developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF). They are now widely used and promoted to help people take action to improve their wellbeing.
- Be active
- Take notice
You can find out more about the five ways research and evidence at www.neweconomics.org/projects/entry/five-ways-to-well-being – and find local free workshops about how to put them into action in your life at wellbeingcollegebanes.co.uk
Action for happiness
Action for Happiness helps people take practical action to improve mental wellbeing and to create a happier and more caring society. Everyone's path to happiness is different. But our review of the latest research has found 10 Keys to Happier Living that consistently tend to make people's lives happier and more fulfilling. Together they spell "GREAT DREAM". The first five keys (GREAT) are about how we interact with the outside world in our daily activities. They are based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing developed by nef as part of the Foresight Project. The second five keys (DREAM) come from inside us and depend on our attitude to life.
'Great Dream' – 10 keys to happier living
- Trying out
For each of the ten keys you'll find information, questions, resources and a range of suggested actions to help you apply them in your daily life: actionforhappiness.org/10-keys
Bath Coaching Café / Coaching Café Club
You can take advantage of the short 'free taster' events hosted by a local friendly coach in cafés around Bath on topics such as motivation, self confidence, relationships, life balance and more. There are also small-group paid courses from time to time, including one on boosting your self-esteem. See www.bathcoachingcafe.co.uk
Research by Prof. Patrick Jordan
Professor Patrick Jordan – who is based in Somerset – is one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of success and wellbeing. He led a study which looked at over 1,000 scientific studies of success and over 500 of the world's most notable self-help and business books. The study established a set of tried and tested principles for more success and well-being:
- Take Responsibility
- Set Goals
- Be Positive
- Persevere Intelligently
- Connect with People
You can read more about these principles and how to apply them in his book, The Principles of Success. You can also see more on his website at www.patrickwjordan.net
Dr Martin Seligman is the founder of positive psychology. He proposes that the 5 elements of well-being are:
- Positive emotions
You can read more about his latest work and initiatives on his website at www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu – and you can also find scientifically-tested questionnaires on various aspects of wellbeing.
Favourite self-help / advice books
We'd love to know which tips or books really helped you – you can tell us via our 'Contact us' form or via Facebook (just see our link) and we'll add some of them here.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin : the author decided to take a year trying out different recommendations every month for greater happiness to see what worked (or didn't) for her. Fun to read and some nice ideas. You can see more at www.happiness-project.com