Social Wellness can be defined as our relationships and our ability to effectively interact and communicate with those around us. Good social wellness is largely based in healthy, nurturing relationships that provide us with helpful support in our daily lives. We can increase our social wellness everyday by working to improve our relationships with the people around us. Whether it is family members, spouses, children, or co-workers, there are ways to improve relationships and overall social wellness in our own daily actions.

How Can I Improve My Social Wellness?

  • Active Listening –Make sure to pay attention, ask questions and recognize how the other person feels.
  • Practice Compassion — Actively seek out opportunities to practice compassion for yourself and the people around you.
  • Express Gratitude – Let the people you care about know you are thankful for them.

Types of Supportive Behaviors  

Providing social support to the people around you is one of the best ways to improve your social relationships. The main types of support you can provide someone are:

  • Emotional – expressing love, care and empathy
  • Instrumental – providing help or service
  • Informational – giving advice, suggestions, or helpful information
  • Appraisal – giving someone positive reassurance about themselves

Work-Life Balance

Maintaining a proper balance of work responsibilities and outside life is important for good social wellness and overall mental health. Making time to see family and friends and reaching out to people you care about in times of high stress can help you to improve your work-life balance and reduce stress and anxiety.

Health Benefits of Social Wellness

People with strong social networks and good social wellness tend to:

  • Live longer
  • Respond better to stress
  • Have healthier hormone balance and heart function
  • Are better at fighting infections

Sources: UC Davis, University of Pennsylvania, University of Minnesota. The Health Tip of the Week is for educational purposes only. For additional information, consult your physician. Please feel free to copy and distribute this health resource.