Seven everyday ways to boost your mental health

Find your people

US psychiatrist Robert Waldinger directed the Harvard study of adult development, so far the longest study of adult life that’s ever been done. One big lesson from the study is that social interaction is necessary, as loneliness is a killer, he says. Even the expectation of isolation reduces our willpower and perseverance.

Making connections with new people through social interaction, in real life and online, is important. So get involved. Write a list of your favourite pastimes, be it hillwalking, salsa dancing or reading, and find some like-minded people to hang out with.