Social health involves your ability to form satisfying interpersonal relationships with others. It also relates to your ability to adapt comfortably to different social situations and act appropriately in a variety of settings. Spouses, co-workers and acquaintances can all have healthy relationships with one another. Each of these relationships should include strong communication skills, empathy for others and a sense of accountability. In contrast, traits like being withdrawn, vindictive or selfish can have a negative impact on your social health. Overall, stress can be one of the most significant threats to a healthy relationship. Stress should be managed through proven techniques such as regular physical activity, deep breathing and positive self-talk.
To effectively develop relationships and maintain good social health, individuals must be willing to:
All relationships will have some level of emotional involvement, also known as intimacy. Determining how intimate a relationship will become is critical to long-term social health. While acquaintances or co-workers may have very little intimacy, family members and spouses often have intimacy levels high enough to be considered love. Characteristics of a healthy relationship include:
Relationships may be compromised for a variety of reasons. A lack of honesty or openness, unrealistic expectations and jealousy are all factors that can push relationships to an unhealthy state. For example, a spouse that expects his or her husband/ wife to do the majority of the housework without any display of appreciation may experience a low-quality relationship as a result. Conflict resolution methods that attempt to solve relationship problems such as empathy and negotiation may be needed to help the situation. If attempts to improve the situation fail, an unhealthy relationship may need to end. Being honest, tactful and compassionate is the healthiest way to end a relationship.