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Five ways to well-being

In 2008, nef was commissioned by the UK Government’s Foresight Project on Mental Capital and Well-being to review the inter-disciplinary work of over 400 scientists from across the world. The aim was to identify a set of evidence-based actions to improve well-being, which individuals would be encouraged to build into their daily lives.

As an illustration of how government action can be explicitly directed towards improving well-being, the following pages briefly set out the five evidence-based ways to well-being and the sorts of policy interventions which could help to enable them.

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The European Social Survey (the ESS) is an academically-driven social survey designed to chart and explain the interaction between Europe’s changing institutions and the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour patterns of its diverse populations. It is the first social science project to win Europe’s prestigious Descartes Prize “for excellence in collaborative scientific research”, and is also one of the first to become a European Commission ‘Infrastructure’, in recognition of its high technical and academic standards and their impact on advancing the field of comparative social measurement.

The Well-being Institute (WBI) at the University of Cambridge is a new cross-disciplinary initiative which aims to promote the highest quality research in the science of well-being, and to integrate this research into first rate evidence-based practice. Its founding director, Professor Haago Roy A., led the design team of the European Social Survey well-being module.