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Are you up on your social health?

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I’ve talked about focusing on whole health which means that your optimal health comes from balancing the physical, mental, environmental, spiritual, and social parts of your life.

Social health focuses on the importance of having a strong positive connection to family, friends or people at work or school. You may only have one or two people that you feel strongly connected to, but these connections are vital to your overall well-being.

Here are some ways to improve your social health.

Forgive. Positive relationships can’t exist without forgiveness. Learn to forgive yourself and others.

Make a close friend. Most adults have acquaintances, but few have a close enough friend to confide in when needed. If you find that you need a good friend, remember it’s never too late to restore an old friendship or make a new one. Work, classes, the gym or book clubs are just some places to try to strike up a new friendship.

Volunteer. Helping others can make you feel connected and give you the recognition that in giving your time to others, you’re ultimately giving to yourself.

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Me and my friend fundraising for Habitat for Humanity

Encourage committed relationships. Make a commitment to become more conscious of all your relationships, especially those closest to you. Don’t forget to connect with someone, even if it’s a quick hello or to catch up. Set up reminders if you’re someone that forgets to reach out to those around you from time to time. I’m that person. If I don’t set up reminders, or regular touch bases, time can pass by before I remember to keep in touch.

These are some ways to improve your social health; do you have any others?

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38 comments

  1. This is amazing and I’m glad you’re bringing more attention to this. I first became aware of how important social health is when I started medical school. There have been so many published studies showing significant correlations between how many people you interact with and how often, and your health — your overall health and social health are intimately connected.

    I think we all long to connect with others but most people do not know how to maintain and grow friendships. One book which has had tremendous impact on my social life was “How to Win Friends and Influence People” which I highly recommend to everyone interested being conscious of their social health.

    Finally, I’ll pretty much echo many of the things Samantha has said: volunteering, showing up (to anniversaries, weddings, baby showers, funerals etc.), being a part of some religion (if you’re of faith), hosting (potlucks, dinner, barbecues), joining the local neighborhood fitness club and so on.

  2. Love this… especially about the special friendship thing.
    We sail through life assuming all our ‘friends’ are true, but often it takes a dark phase for them to show their true colours.
    Many have ulterior motives. Many just hang around for noseyness and entertainment but ask them for some real quality listening time and they’re nowhere to be seen.
    They say you can count true friends in life on one hand …

    1. Thanks so much! I really appreciate it. I agree you can count true friends on one hand and that is really all it takes. It took me awhile to realize it. Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts! Have a wonderful day!

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