Sometimes a small change can make a big difference.

First produced by the New Economics Foundation in 2008, the #FiveWaysToWellbeing research resulted in 5 steps that we can all take to improve our wellbeing.
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We've put together a variation of this for primary and secondary schools...

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Give

Do something nice for a friend. Help around your home. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Raise money for charity. Be a good role model. Take action to improve your neighbourhood and the place you live in.
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Smile and be willing to give your time to a conversation
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Say thank you to someone who has helped you
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Give unwanted items to a local charity shop
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Offer your time to do something for someone else
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Offer to help your parent(s) or carer(s) round the house
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Paint a picture and give it to someone
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Nominate someone for an award
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Give someone a hug or a fist-pump

Keep Learning

Set yourself a goal. Learn a new word or a random fact. Read a new book. Research something you’re interested in. Visit a museum. Ask questions.
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Talk about what you have learned in school with friends
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Discover something new and find out more about it
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Visit your local/school library and pick up a new book
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Learn a new hobby or a new word from another language
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Learn a dance routine or the words to a new song
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Show empathy. Ask how others are feeling and work out why
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Ask your friends about what they are interested in and learn more about it
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Learn more about your family history

Connect

Connect with people around you. Spend time with your friends and family. Make new friends. Use different ways to communicate.
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Share your day with family and ask about theirs
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Speak to someone new. Smile and speak to someone in the corridor
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Find an old photo of a friend or family and share it with them
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Don't use your phone/tablet for the day (or at least a few hours!)
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If someone is upset, talk to them and make them feel better
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Ask your carer or parents about their childhood
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Talk to someone in person or on the phone instead of messaging
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Ask a friend about their weekend and listen when they tell you

Be Active

Go for a walk or a run. Cycle, dance or play a game. Walk to school instead of getting the bus. Go to the park. Try a new activity or sport.
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Play your favourite song and dance to it
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If you can, try walking to school with your parent(s) or carer(s)
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At break time, play a game with friends in the playground
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Spend some time at your local park with family
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Join a new sports team or club
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Stretch and move your limbs as much as you can
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Go swimming or ride a bike
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Play a sport like football, golf or bowling with friends

Take Notice

Take time to be still, reflect, and become aware of your surroundings. Notice what you are thinking and be aware of what’s going on in the world around you: the everyday and the unusual. Be curious. Savour your favourite food.
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Try a new way of getting to school
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Stop and really take in your surroundings
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Reflect on the positives and what you can be grateful for
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Think about your strengths and how you can make the most of them
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Think about who inspires you and why
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Notice wild flowers/plants and where they grow
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Notice your neighbours and people around you
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Pretend you are someone else and wonder what they would think about you

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