RELATIONSHIPS: Social Wellness

We all need contact and engagement with other people. Positive relationships with our family, at work and in our community are important for everyday wellness. Meaningful and mutually supportive relationships with people who have our best interests in mind often help us make healthy choices and impact our emotional and physical health. At times we can feel pulled in all directions by the people we love and relate with daily. Developing and maintaining healthy, balanced relationships with our family, partners, children, relatives, friends and co-workers is rewarding, but it can be a challenge too.

Learning how to listen, communicate clearly, give constructive feedback, and practice empathy and compassion nurtures intimate relationships and promotes individual and collective well-being. Everyday wellness means being present, paying attention and working to develop positive relationships at home, work, school and in the community.


Family relationships can be some of the most supportive in our lives but they are often complex and present different challenges over our lifespan. We may be parents of toddlers, teens or young adults. Perhaps we are single parents or part of a blended family or grandparents raising our grandchildren. Or we may be supporting our own parents as they age or our own children as they begin to parent. Our roles and responsibilities change over time and knowing what to do, can sometimes be overwhelming. For some of us relationships with our family members can be painful, taking small steps to toward healthier relationships are large steps towards everyday wellness.


Most of us spend the majority of our time at work. We all experience stress at work. The ability to maintain a healthy balance between work and other obligations is important for healthy living. “All work and no play” is not the recipe for everyday wellness. Healthy relationships with our co-workers take time and effort but are key to our overall health and wellness.


Everyday wellness also means making connections outside of our immediate circle of family and friends. We do this when we take an active role in the issues that affect our community. We all have diverse backgrounds and learning to respect, embrace and value difference is an essential aspect to community health.