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The five ways to wellbeing

Following the five ways to wellbeing can help us feel happier and healthier, and to bounce back more easily from stressful events.

Life's better by water

We believe that life is better by water, so why not use your local canal or river to improve how you feel?

Five ways to wellbeing

1. Connect

Spend time with family, meet new friends and engage with your community.

Connecting with others can give us a sense of inclusion, belonging, safety and community. Spending time together can help us strengthen bonds, make new friends and boost our happiness.

2. Be active

You don't need to run a marathon, or paddle from one end of the country to the other to feel a boost of endorphins. A gentle stroll or a leisurely-paced pedal on your bike is enough to give your mood a boost.

As a bonus, physical exercise encourages a healthy heart, healthy eating and better sleep.

3. Take notice

Take a moment to wake up your senses by slowing down and taking a deep breath. Mindfulness is a great way to relax the body and improve your mood.

Our canals and rivers offer the perfect place to slow down and escape, whenever you feel you need a break.

4. Learn

Learning keeps your mind and body active. From ecology to history, our canal network offers many fascinating subjects to learn about.

5. Give

Whether it's because you want to meet others, make an impact or get out the house, giving back can boost happiness and inspire others.

Last Edited: 16 May 2024

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