Student Health Services

Social

Social wellness refers to our ability to interact successfully within a community and throughout a variety of cultural contexts while showing respect for ourselves and others.  It encompasses our interpersonal relationships, social support networks, and community engagement.  As a member of a community, we may develop satisfying relationships, a capacity for intimacy, an understanding of self in relation to others, and a sense of belonging.  To achieve social wellness, we can acquire the skills to communicate effectively, resolve conflicts, transcend differences, and provide leadership in community.  Social wellness is interwoven into other dimensions of wellness through an emphasis on orienting the individual within a community context.