demonstrating that environmentally focused projects have surprising benefits to the wellbeing of people taking part.
What’s good for the environment is good for us sets out the evidence base that integrating pro-environmental understanding, values, and behaviours into our daily lives also has distinct benefits for our own wellbeing.
Watch your Waste
The aim is to help people to waste less and live more, underpinned by a belief that improving our environment is a positive message that goes hand in hand with improving our wellbeing and happiness in life.
The report demonstrates how people can reduce waste whilst living more fulfilling lives that improve our health, wellbeing and happiness. The approach is about bringing people together to share more, to learn new skills, and to build stronger communities that actively care for each other and the planet. Read more health & safety tips.
People who actively recycle their domestic and business waste are not only benefiting the environment, they are also improving their own wellness say the reports. Find out more about recycling services in Chichester.
Waste Watch sets out to learn and innovate from best practice and knowledge in order to develop, trial and monitor next practice programmes.
The report methodology uses the New Economic Foundations Five Ways to Wellbeing developed for the 2018 Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Well-being as its framework. For each of the five ways, related activities are suggested:
- Connect: Connecting with the people around you, no matter where you may be, family friends at home, at school, at work or in your local community. Building these relationships are important for enriching your life.
- Be Active: Find a physical activity that you enjoy and you can build into your life, take time to get outside and go for a run or a walk, garden or get dancing.
- Take Notice: Take time to be aware of the world around you, reflect on what you see, hear, taste. Be curious and observe the changing seasons and think about what really matters to you. Start a gratitude practice.
- Keep Learning: Don’t be afraid to try something new, it’s never too late to take up a new hobby or learn a new skill, play an instrument or take up a language. This can not only increase your confidence but can be great fun. See our kid’s homework tips.
- Give: Giving can be as good as, or often better than receiving. Thank a friend, smile, volunteer in your community, and help a stranger. Your wellbeing is linked to those around you so supporting here can be rewarding.
This report is intended to provide an introduction to this work, highlight key results, and provide an insight to the practical application of monitoring wellbeing. We are calling on other organisations to simultaneously monitor and celebrate both the environmental and social outcomes their work can enable.