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The resources database is easily searchable and is also divided into specific wellbeing categories, so that you can more easily browse for the types of resources you’re looking for.

Community Wellbeing

Our connection to the place we live in and the people in our local community is vital for wellbeing. In addition, there is a wealth of other types of communities – interest groups, activist networks, and online communities – which can help you to connect with others. Relationships – through genuine connection to others – are very important for wellbeing. In this section you will find resources relating to how to support community wellbeing in its many different facets.
(Photo credit: Totnes Squash Co-Operative).

Economics and Wellbeing

It is becoming clear to many analysts, researchers, policy-makers and community activists that endless economic growth is not possible on a planet with finite natural resources. Therefore, in order for the economy to remain meaningful to people we need to look beyond measuring progress only in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and explore ways that our economies can be (re)shaped so that they genuinely meet people’s needs. In this category you will find resources exploring alternative economic models, progress measurements beyond GDP, and general information on the connection between wellbeing and the economy.

Education and Wellbeing

Education does not need to start and stop at a certain age; it has been proven that if we keep learning throughout our lives this is good for our overall wellbeing. Therefore this category of the Wellbeing Database contains resources based on wellbeing in both formal and informal settings, which includes a variety of resources on wellbeing-related training. In addition, this section also contains resources on understanding of different approaches to wellbeing.
(Photo: Winter ecology education session. Credit: Lisa McKeon, USGS).

You can find a review/summary of a selection of these resources in this blog post.

Environment and Wellbeing

The Network of Wellbeing’s vision is a world in which everyone’s wellbeing needs can be met met within the planet’s natural limits. In this category you will find resources which add to the valuable discussion on the links between wellbeing and the natural environment. We think this is a very important topic to consider, in order to better appreciate our lives now, and also to ensure we can create a more sustainable future.

You can find a review/summary of a selection of these resources in this blog post.

Ethics and Wellbeing

We each have our own personal ethics and philosophies, our own cultures and spiritual beliefs. These understandings feed into our conceptions of what can best provide wellbeing for ourselves and for wider society. In this category you will find resources relating to the broad areas of ethics, philosophy, culture, spirituality, showing what specifically these areas can tell us about wellbeing.

Family Wellbeing

Families can take on many shapes and sizes, and are constructed of a diversity of members; young and old, men and women, those living close and those far-away. Often effectively connecting with and understanding our families can be really valuable for wellbeing. In this category you will find resources -on wellbeing-related aspects of family life: diversity, intergenerational connections, gender and many other aspects of family relationships.
(Photo credit: photon_de, Creative Commons,

Food and Wellbeing

As the famous ancient Greek physician Hippocrates once said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”. Food is clearly important for personal health and wellbeing. Food is connected with the environment, clearly showing how much we rely on nature in our lives, and food-related projects can also be a great avenue towards participation and community engagement. In this category you will find resources which are based on the many different aspects of food and growing, and how these have a direct impact on wellbeing.

You can find a review/summary of a selection of these resources in this blog post.

Wellbeing at work

Focusing on health and wellbeing at work is not only valuable for individual employees; it also makes good business sense. When employees feel more engaged and supported in the work place this is good news for employers: focusing on employee wellbeing will often greatly improve the quality of work produced, lower absence rates, and generally make work a more fun place to be! In this category you will find research and practical information on how to engage with wellbeing in the work place.

Health and Wellbeing

Health is clearly a vital aspect of our wellbeing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. This category therefore covers resources on physical and psychological health, as well as the health systems which best help support high levels of wellbeing.
(Photo: A varied diet is vital for health. Credit: Denise Curi).

Personal Development and Wellbeing

Personal Development can be seen as the conscious pursuit of personal growth, through expanding self-awareness and knowledge and improving personal skills. Personal happiness is important, and many people focus time and energy exploring ways to feel a sense of harmony, peace and achievement within themselves. The area of personal wellbeing and happiness has been researched extensively in recent years, especially through the positive psychology movement. In this category you will find some useful resources on best practices, ideas, and research based on personal development and wellbeing.
(Photo credit: Denise Curi).