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Experience Type – Participation

Participation experiences involve actively engaging in an activity or event rather than simply observing or consuming it. This type of experience can range from playing a sport to attending a cooking class, to volunteering in the community. Engaging in participation experiences can have several benefits that positively impact one's wellbeing. In this article, we will explore five benefits of participation experiences and how they relate to wellbeing.

  • Increased sense of purpose

Participation experiences can provide a sense of purpose and meaning. Engaging in activities that align with our values and interests can give us a sense of fulfillment and purpose, leading to increased overall wellbeing. For example, volunteering in the community can provide a sense of purpose and make us feel like we are making a difference in the world.

  • Improved physical health

Participation experiences can also improve physical health. Engaging in physical activities such as sports, dance, or hiking can improve cardiovascular health, build muscle strength, and improve overall physical fitness. By improving physical health, participation experiences can promote overall wellbeing.

  • Enhanced mental health

Participation experiences can also have a positive impact on mental health. Engaging in activities that provide a sense of accomplishment and personal growth can boost self-esteem and confidence, leading to improved mental health. Additionally, participating in activities with others can provide social support and reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation, leading to increased overall wellbeing.

  • Increased learning opportunities

Participation experiences can also provide opportunities for learning and personal growth. Engaging in activities that challenge us and require us to learn new skills can lead to personal growth and a sense of accomplishment. This can improve self-esteem and promote overall wellbeing.

  • Increased social connections

Finally, participation experiences can lead to increased social connections. Engaging in activities with others can provide opportunities to meet new people and develop meaningful relationships. This can lead to feelings of social support and belonging, which are important for overall wellbeing.

In conclusion, engaging in participation experiences can provide several benefits that positively impact one’s wellbeing. From increased sense of purpose to improved physical and mental health, participation experiences can help us grow and thrive.


By incorporating participation experiences into our lives, we can promote overall wellbeing and live a more fulfilling life.

Wellbeing PERMA

The PERMA acronym is a model of Wellbeing theory in the field of positive psychology, by Martin Seligman. PERMA makes up five important building blocks of wellbeing and happiness:

Positive Emotion : feeling good. Including hope, interest, joy, love, compassion, pride, amusement, and gratitude. From exercise, meeting friends, being out in nature, seeing sights, sounds, smells, tastes…

Engagement : being completely absorbed in activities. Living in the present moment and focusing entirely on the task at hand.

Relationships : being authentically connected to others. Feeling supported, loved, and/or valued by others

Meaning : purposeful existence. Belonging and/or serving something greater than ourselves

Accomplishment : a sense of accomplishment and success. Achievement, mastery, competence, attaining goals…

Wellbeing Service

Services relating to the people & groups served

Experience Type

This is a categorisation of the wellbeing experience activity that, in some way, improves your overall Wellbeing

Entertainment : passive watching where you appreciate the activity or performance

Aesthetic : passively engrossed in the beauty or artistic qualities of an object, and not it’s functionality

Sensory : where the activity engages & focuses on one or two of your 5 senses; touch, sight, hearing, smell and taste

Learning : you actively absorb the experience. The activity enhances your knowledge or a skill

Participation : active participation in the activity, where your actions have an effect on the outcome

Volunteer : freely giving your time or knowledge to help others

Embodiment : putting an idea, thought or concept into a physical form or action

Transformation : an activity that takes you from one state (of body, mind or spirit) to a new desired state

Physical , Occupational , Financial , Spiritual
Intellectual , Environmental , Emotional , Social

Wellbeing Dimension

These 8 Wellbeing Dimensions are commonly used in Wellbeing frameworks, to highlight and seperate the various aspects of our lives.

We use these 8 dimensions to categorise listings for better findability, using the filter options.