Social wellness endows us with the ability to be outgoing, confident, friendly and affectionate toward others. The social wellness philosophy encompasses both a concern for the individual as well as all of humanity and the environment we live in. This “social lens’’ is a different way to approach problems and contribute to your environment and community. It emphasizes the interdependence between us and nature. The socially well person has a network of friends and family he or she can turn to for support, validation and sharing of life experiences. These relationships are based on interdependence (rather than codependence), mutual trust and respect, equity of power and cultural competence.
A social wellness world view adheres to two fundamental truths:
• 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 and our environment than to live in conflict with them.
If you are a person engaged in the process of social wellness, you see the value in living in harmony with your fellow human beings, seeking positive, interdependent relationships with others, and developing healthy behaviors. You are also willing to actively seek out ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature and the community.
The Path to Social Wellness
The path to social wellness may involve becoming more aware of your importance in society as well as the impact you have on multiple environments. The path may also involve taking an active part in improving our world by encouraging healthier living and initiating better communication with those around you.
Are you engaged in the process of social wellness?
Evaluate your own social wellness with this brief quiz.
1. Do I plan time to be with my family and friends?
2. Do I enjoy the time I spend with others?
3. Are my relationships with others are positive and rewarding?
4. Do I explore diversity by interacting with people of other cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs?
If you answered “No” to any of the questions, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of your social wellness.