The socially well person has a network of support based on interdependence, mutual trust, respect and has developed a sensitivity and awareness towards the feelings of others.

  • Social well-being begins with the development of skills that will help you to relate to others in a healthy and meaningful way. Conflict management, setting boundaries, communication skills, assertiveness, respect for others, and the ability to balance your time between social and personal needs are all part of maintaining social wellness. Studies on the impact of loneliness on physical health are alarming. Loneliness has been found to raise levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, type II diabetes, and dementia.
    • Your discovery activity: Increase your social wellness by doing this activity RIGHT NOW.
      • Text or call 1 person you haven’t spoken to in the past week. Ask them to rate how their day is going using a scale from 1 – 10. When they respond, reply by asking them if there is anything you can do to help make their day +1 better.
        Recent research has shown that the human brain uses oxytocin to unconsciously assess if a person is trustworthy using our memory of past encounters and all of our senses. Oxytocin is like social glue, reminding us to stick close to friends. Touch primes the brain to release oxytocin. Studies have demonstrated that the simple act of a warm handshake will release the oxytocin need to promote an improved interaction amongst strangers.
    • Your discovery activity: Increase your social wellness by doing this activity RIGHT NOW.
      • The next person you meet greet them with a 6s handshake, this is the minimum amount of human contact needed to release a little oxytocin. By doing this you’ll be setting the stage for a more empathetic social interaction.