We believe that the way we think and feel is just as important to a long and happy life as good food and physical exercise.

Why? Because all over the world, research is showing us that people with higher levels of well-being are more resistant to colds, feel more connected to others, and can even live up to 7 years longer. They recover from surgery more quickly, feel pain less acutely, are more creative and are better at problem-solving.

Until recently, scientists believed that well-being was inherited – so if your parents were pessimistic, you probably would be, too.

Now we know differently. We know that our genes, upbringing and circumstance only account for 60% of our well-being. The remaining 40% is down to how we choose to spend our time, and our general attitude to life.

If you’d like to know how well-being can be improved, check out our Wheel of Well-being – that’s WoW for short. It includes six aspects of well-being – all linked with a positive suggestion for action.

So for Body, the action is ‘be active’, for Mind it’s ‘ keep learning’, Spirit’s about ‘giving’, People’s about ‘connecting’, Place is about ‘taking notice’, and Planet challenges us to ‘care’.

If you’re as interested in well-being as we are - whether you’re a guy, a gal, a group or a government – welcome. We hope you’ll find this site a great place to explore, learn and share information about things that help you and those around you think positively and feel better.

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