Director for Action for Happiness, Mark Williamson, outlines findings from a Randomised Controlled Trial with our Cross-cutting Methods Evidence team. The trial looked at both self-reported wellbeing and biological outcomes for participants in a local community course ‘Exploring What Matters’.
There is a growing evidence base on how place-based interventions can impact our wellbeing, including this evidence review from the Centre.
The course significantly increased subjective wellbeing measures in:
While anxiousness significantly decreased by 47%.
There is some evidence that effects are sustained (or even enhanced) two months after participation.
Impacts on biological outcomes are less clear.