Wellbeing & How to Improve It - Mental Fitness: Converge International - Page 13



WHAT IMPROVES
WELLBEING?
IMPROVING SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS
(in the literature this is called “pro-social
behaviour”) has been shown to enhance wellbeing.
It activates the brain’s reward system, increases
feelings of connectedness and highlights to
the person being pro-social that they have the
competence and autonomy to do so.17 Improving
social relationships is particularly effective when
family related goals11 are pursued or when the
person participates in social activities18.
ACTS OF KINDNESS
positively affect wellbeing as they can feel
intrinsically rewarding (as shown through neural
brain responses), through fostering social
cooperation.19 This includes thanking someone,
smiling, volunteering for organisations/church,20
feeding a friend’s pet and/or donating blood21.
PURSUING MEANING AND PURPOSE
seems to positively enhance wellbeing, as it
provides a sense of guidance and personal identity.
These activities can include becoming involved in a
philosophy, religion or meaningful causes3 and selfspending on experiences.
CONNECTING WITH NATURE
also positively affects wellbeing, as it engages our
attention effortlessly, with no need for humans to
monitor their behaviour, which reduces stress.5
These activities include brief walks outside,
exercising in nature, simple contact/time spent with
nature, leisure activities outside.
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WELLBEING AND HOW TO IMPROVE IT | A WHITE PAPER FROM CONVERGE INTERNATIONAL | 2020
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