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Social Well-being

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Social Well-being

Social well-being is an important segment of health and wellness. It is similar to being mentally healthy, but focuses on interactions with other human beings. Persons who are social misfits never feel accepted, and they can cause many social problems, from being disruptive, to becoming a menace to society, or even killing others.

"Man is not an island" refers to social well-being. Social interactions stimulate the brain and help people feel like they belong to a social order of some type, which is important for overall mental health. Being isolated is more a form of punishment, and is used in schools, and in prisons. Shunning occurs in some social or religious societies, and again, is a punishment. Feeling connected improves mental health, and physical health. Families are a social organization, as are communities, and organizations. No one has to be alone, and there are ample opportunities to find outlets for socialization.

Those who help create social well-being include parents, teachers, employers, community and church leaders, and medical workers. Staying healthy and able to interact begins with early socialization in the home and school. Later, activities such as being on sports teams, church choirs, and joining community organizations like Scouting, are activities that promote feelings of social well-being. Seeing that a person can contribute to society, and help it grow are good for the society as well. Even being employed and working with others can contribute to social well-being.

Soc ail well-being is important to the individual as it fits into living a healthy lifestyle, and being fit and healthy. It is important to the society because those who are feeling good about that society and fitting into it, are those who help that society thrive and grown. It is good for the greater society of nations, because those who feel socially included and happy cause less problems for the governments. This can be reflected in lower crime rates, and in better improvements within a community as people work together on common projects.

Human beings are social animals who thrive in a society, rather than alone. Infants who are ignored and not touched do not thrive, and may in fact die. Those who get attention learn to interact with humans, to smile, and have positive feelings from those interactions. Creating opportunities for social well-being are part of many organizations, especially service organizations. Those religious and community organizations who help others offer a great outlet for people who want to improve their feelings of social well-being. Contributing to others, and making society better for all, are activities that lead to feelings of personal importance and value. This helps create the important feelings of social well-being so necessary to a happy and productive lifestyle.

Health and wellness are created by a combination of elements, and social well-being joins with mental health, exercise, and nutrition to help maintain a healthy lifestyle that is beneficial to society and to the individual. In the field of psychology, mental health development charts are divided into segments that include social well-being. Much of psychological therapy treatment is geared towards helping individuals feel that they have social well-being, and that they fit into their society. Being unhappy is a result of feeling like an outcast, or having no social connections. Being able to join in a society, and be a part of the larger society does increase the feelings of social well-being and happiness.

Among the elements that help create health and wellness, social well-being is very important to an individual and their ultimate health and happiness. Feeling alone in the midst of society can be extremely distressing, and lead to depression, illness, and even death. Reaching out to someone who is alone is a prime example of being a caretaker who helps others achieve feelings of social well-being.