Recreational Learning is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing strategies created by The Mental Health Foundation.

Link and Learn

13 Jun 2022

Learning, remaining curious and setting goals are important for everyone at every stage of life.

Learning is included as one of the The Mental Health Foundation of New Zealand’s Five Ways to Wellbeing strategies - keep learning, connect, be active, give and take notice.


"Learning, remaining curious and setting goals are important for everyone at every stage of life. It helps children’s brains to grow healthy and strong, helps them to learn social skills and community values. A love of learning as a child can prevent depression in later years. For adults, learning helps us to set and achieve goals which is strongly connected to higher levels of wellbeing. We thrive when these goals are chosen by us, have a positive focus and align with our values.


Learning is more than just formal education. It’s about being curious about the world around us and learning from our environment, other people and the resources we can access.

Try something new or rediscover an old interest. Sign up for a course or take on a different responsibility at work. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving - seek out new experiences and dare yourself!”


( New Zealand Mental Health Foundation website, www.mentalhealth.org.nz, 2022)