The Adventures of a Well-Being Superhero Toolkit

May 19, 2012 § Leave a comment

This toolkit is the result of a year of hard work and design research as a superhero called The Optimist. All the objects help people go on their own journey into well-being.

Subjective well-being is the term for the deep, meaning of life kind of happiness. It’s called subjective because everyone reaches it differently. However, there are things you can do to help improve it. The New Economics Foundation, a British think tank, say that five ways to well-being are Connect, Give, Take Notice, Keep Learning and Be Active. Doing these things can make you happier.

So I dressed up as a well-being superhero around my university campus in order to look out for opportunities to give, so I could improve my well-being. I made myself happier by giving, regardless of how good I made others feel (and I have had many positive reports on that!).

In order to translate this experience for other people to do, I designed this toolkit. I don’t expect anyone to wear a cape – all they need to do is be their own secret superhero, working towards maximising their own well-being.

The guide helps you start a well-being journal through the five ways of well-being. After a month, you can analyse what activities you did and their effect on your well-being.

For a guide to what well-being activities you could do, there are 52 activity cards. They are a result of a great deal of research into positive psychology, my own personal experiences as The Optimist superhero, and user testing.

The Sunrise and Sunset times book is a Taking Notice aid, and can help you be more aware of nature.

The What’s Well Being? film explains the basic theories about well-being.

The pens can help you analyse your journal at the end of the process.

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