Your community consists of your family, friends, peers and acquaintances; in other words, your social world. Social Wellness refers to one’s ability to interact positively with people and enjoying being around others. It means having comfort and ease during work and casual situations and communicating feelings and needs to others. It means developing and building close friendships and intimacy, respecting yourself and others, and creating a support system that includes family members and friends. It involves caring for others by being a good listener and practicing compassion, and allowing others to care for you. And it is recognizing the need for leisure and recreation and budgeting time for those activities. Keeping the company of healthy people will contribute to social wellness in many ways.
Social wellness follows these tenets:
- It is better to contribute to the common welfare of our community than to think only of ourselves,
- It is better to live in harmony with others than to live in conflict with them.
When you understand the value of living in harmony with your fellow human beings, seeking positive, interdependent relationships with others, and developing healthy behaviors, you are on the path to social wellness. You are also willing to actively seek out ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature and the community.
It is a fact that socially engaged people are happier, healthier people. Are you engaged in the process of social wellness? Do you plan time to be with my family and friends, and enjoy being around others? Are your relationships with others positive and rewarding? Do you explore diversity by interacting with people of other cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs? If the answers to these questions are positive, your community is a positive, healthy, and productive one.