Social Dimension | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
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Social Wellness

Developing and maintaining healthy relationships with others as we seek to improve the communities in which we live.


  • Spend quality time with family members (spouse/partner, children)
  • Develop a network of friends and make time for them
  • Stay in contact with extended family and friends who live far away
  • Get involved in a faith community, civic organization, or other group 
  • Participate in charity events or other group activities

Tips for Social Wellness:

  1. Develop the art of “active listening”; be open, suspend judgment, avoid the temptation to interrupt, ask questions that increase understanding, and summarize what you’ve heard.

  2. When disagreements occur, beware of the temptation to become competitive or combative; think “Let’s build something together (understanding, a solution)!”

  3. Deposit valuable “relational currencies” into the banks of your relationship; these are things that communicate caring and create connection, such as listening, positive verbal statements, acts of service, and time together.