Social Health is impacted by interactions

and relationships with others. The quality of these interactions and relationships are largely affected by social skills including assertiveness, behavior, communication, empathy, kindness, listening, and patience. These relationships can have varying levels of importance and serve as a system of support


Building Blocks for Social Health



Behavior refers to the way one acts whether alone or in the presence of others, and under different circumstances. Social interactions rely heavily on the way in which an individual conducts themselves. Behavior can be driven by a wide range of factors across the eight dimensions of health including one's beliefs and values, career and intellectual pursuits, economic status, mental state, one's surroundings, and the behavior of others. Read more


Communication is a broad term referring to the exchange of information between individuals, including expression and processing. The most common forms of expressed communication include nonverbal, verbal, visual, and written. Communication is processed based on active listening, culture, knowledge, past experience, perception, the nature of the relationship, and societal norms. Read more


Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence refers to the management of emotions, both of the self and of others. Emotional intelligence includes personal and social skills which can come naturally or be learned through practice. On the personal level, emotional intelligence includes motivation, self-awareness, and self-regulation. Empathy, listening, and trustworthiness are components of emotional intelligence on the interpersonal level. Read more

Interpersonal Relationships

Interpersonal relationships are the interactions one has with other individuals across various social circles including family, friends, romantic partners, coworkers, and others. The quality and level of intimacy within these relationships develop throughout life, and are likely to vary based largely upon the individuals within them. Life skills relating to social health can also affect the nature and maintenance of these relationships over time. Read more



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