Social Wellness emphasizes the interdependence with others. It includes the pursuit of harmony with one’s family, friends and community It is probably the most fun of all the dimensions of wellness to explore after all humans are created for community.
Social isolation is detrimental to our overall Wellness. Those who are socially isolated are more susceptible to illness and have a death rate two to three times higher than those who are not socially isolated. It can contribute towards many emotional, and behavioral disorders including anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, addictions, substance abuse and violence.
People who have healthy social networks and support systems have a better quality of life. A good social network can create a good mood and increase your self esteem, laughter really is the best medicine and touching and hugging too can improve your health.
Social wellness is about having positive interactions with and enjoying being with others. It is being comfortable during work and leisure situations and communicating feelings and needs to others. It involves developing and building close friendships and intimacy, practicing empathy and effective listening, caring for others and for the common good, and allowing others to care for you. It is recognizing the need for leisure and recreation and budgeting time for those activities. As you travel along the social wellness path, you’ll become more aware of your importance in society as well as the impact you have on your family, friends and community.
As you proceed on your Social Wellness journey, you’ll discover that you have the power to make choices to enhance personal relationships, important friendships and your community. As you travel the wellness path, you’ll begin to believe that – socially.
- It’s better to contribute to the common welfare of our community than to think only of ourselves.
- It’s better to live in harmony with others than to live in conflict with them.
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