Posted by: Kelley Dees | July 12, 2011

Social Wellness Month

Social Wellness Month is historically celebrated during the month of July. It was put in place to assist people in their efforts to live a healthier life. It offers an excellent opportunity to help others feel good about themselves and build stronger social ties to the ones that you love.

Let’s look at some social wellness facts and tips:

  • Socially isolated people are more susceptible to illness and have a death rate two to three times higher than those who are not socially isolated.
  • People who maintain their social network and support systems do better under stress.
  • Approximately 20 percent of Americans feel lonely and isolated during their free time.
  • Touching, stroking, and hugging can improve health.
  • Laughter really is good medicine.
  • Cholesterol levels go up when human companionship is lacking.
  • Warm, close friendships cause higher levels of immunoglobulin A (an antibody that helps keep away respiratory infections and cavities).
  • A strong social network can create a good mood and enhance self-esteem.

Stay tuned for the next few posts where we’ll discuss ways to evaluate your level of social wellness and goals to make based on your level!

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

This information is adapted from Definition of Wellness.

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