There are some dimensions of wellness that get more coverage than others. For instance, most people have at one time or another made specific effort in the area of physical wellness (encompassing exercise and nutrition). Others may have even gone as far as focusing on their emotional (psychological), intellectual (learning something new), or spiritual (connection to something bigger than ourselves) wellness. Most definitely, many working individuals have thought about their occupational wellness, although some are more successful at working on it that others.
Let’s take a look at Social Wellness and a few tips to become more socially well. The National Wellness Institute definition of Social Wellness is as follows:
The social dimension of wellness encourages contributing to one’s environment and community. It emphasizes the interdependence between individuals and nature. As an individual travels a wellness path, they become more aware of their importance in society as well as the impact they have on multiple environments. Individuals practicing Social Wellness take an active part in improving the world by encouraging healthier living and initiating better communication with those around them. They actively seek ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature along their pathway as they discover the power to make willful choices to enhance personal relationships and important friendships, and build a better living space and community.
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 and our environment than to live in conflict with them.
Below are a few easy ways to incorporate more social wellness into your daily life.
- Call that friend, family member, neighbor, etc. you’ve been meaning to reach out to.
- Listen more, talk less.
- Don’t judge.
- Ask individuals how they are doing and listen to their responses.
- Smile more…even at strangers.
- Practice conservation of our natural resources.
- Stop (or at least slow down) and appreciate all that is around you.
- Turn off technology (if even for a minute).
- Think about being a leader…act like someone you are proud to be.
- Be helpful even to those to whom you don’t owe anything.
- Be nice.
- Think of new ways you can enrich your immediate community to the universal community. For more information on the social dimension of wellness visit www.nationalwellness.org.