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Simple activities such as gardening or mending a bicycle can protect mental health and help people to lead more fulfilled and productive lives, a panel of scientists has found.
A “five-a-day” programme of social and personal activities can improve mental well being, much as eating fruit and vegetables enhances physical health. People should try to connect with others, to be active, to take notice of their surroundings, to keep learning and to give to their neighbours and community.
With advice to “take notice” and suggestions to “catch sight of the beautiful” and “savour the moment, whether walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends”. Examples of learning include mending a bike or trying to play a musical instrument.