Dimensions of Wellness: Social

The social dimension of wellness entails valuing living in harmony with your fellow human beings; seeking positive, interdependent relationships with others; and developing healthy communication skills. Social wellness involves embracing interconnectedness and understanding how your actions affect other people and their community. Socially well people consciously choose to enhance personal relationships, nurture important friendships, and build a just and caring community. Research indicates that being socially well enhances physical and emotional wellbeing.

Practices that enhance social wellness include:

  • Building a strong social support network
  • Learning and practicing healthy communication techniques
  • Developing the ability to relate with people in a variety of settings
  • Dealing with interpersonal conflict in a healthy and respectful manner
  • Exploring diversity by interacting with people of other cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs
  • Valuing time alone and time with other people
  • Being aware of the social concerns in your community and getting involved in solving community problems

Campus resources for attaining and enhancing social wellness:
Campus Recreation
Conflict Resolution Program
Counseling Center
Cultural Houses
Faculty/Staff Assistance Services
Greek system
Illini Union
Intensive English Institute
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
Office of Volunteerism
Residential Life
Student Affairs
Student Organizations and Clubs
The Illinois Club
The Illinois Leadership Center