Natural dips in our emotional well-being is part of the human condition, but there are some things that we can do to develop our emotional resilience to enable us to bounce back from, or manage, times of low mood. Faith is especially important in this process and there are proactive strategies that we can explore together. These strategies have been summarised in Ten Keys to enhance emotional resilience and lead to happier living. The Ten Keys are underpinned by research drawn particularly from psychology but also from medicine, neuroscience and sociology. They are not a prescription or a formula, but they do provide some help and direction to develop and enhance our emotional resilience. The first five keys (Giving, Relating, Exercising, Awareness and Trying Out are all action based and incorporate the Five Ways to Well-being. The second set of keys (Direction, Resilience, Emotions, Acceptance and Meaning) relate to our internal processes, our attitudes, values and drive.

You can find what each of the Ten Keys means here:

To explore what this means click on ‘Find out how’ next to each of the images here:


10 Keys to Happier Living

A short 5-minute video introducing the Ten Keys to Happier Living, This video has been designed to inform thinking about well-being and can be used in service preparation or included within the service.  

Thriving Well

Mental health for the Clergy

A 25-minute PowerPoint presentation delivered to the Diocese of Peterborough by local GP, Dr David Smart. This longer presentation for clergy explores some of the issues around mental health, emotional distress and well-being. It provides some practical techniques and strategies.

Having watched the videos or read the material above, you may want to discuss how the Ten Keys contribute to well-being and our journey of faith. To support the Well-being Service preparation the Action for Happiness Northants Hub is offering a session to discuss the Ten Keys and any questions that you might have on Zoom:

  • Friday Jan 8th at 4:00pm
  • Saturday Jan 9th at 10:00am

If you are interested, please e-mail [email protected]. If you are holding a Well-being Sunday at a later date and or would like to discuss the content of the video, you are welcome to email.


To explore what we understand by the term well-being you might find the following helpful:

A couple of definitions to begin with…  Well-being can be defined as

‘A good or satisfactory condition of existence; a state characterized by health, happiness, and prosperity.

‘Well-being is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and ability to manage stress.’ Davies, T. 2019

Davies (2019) identifies five types of well-being:

  • Emotional well-being- to manage stress, to be resilient and ‘generate the emotions that lead to good feelings’
  • Physical well-being- good physical function resulting from healthy lifestyles
  • Social well-being- ability to make and maintain meaningful relationships that helps to overcome loneliness
  • Societal well-being- active participation in a thriving community, culture and environment
  • Workplace well-being- personal meaning, aligned values and happiness in the workplace.

Each of these types of well-being is incorporated in the Ten Keys.

You might find this video, entitled ‘What is Well-being?’ also helpful in looking at what well-being is:


Davies, Tchiki (2019) What Is Well-Being? Definition, Types, and Well-Being Skills. Psychology Today