Social, this dimension of wellness encompasses the concepts of beneficial impacts, communication, and actions within the communities and environments we coexist in. Consider the different communities you are a part of and the environments in which you participate.
To get a better idea of all that you impact and that impacts you, begin to examine your life in the environments where you spend the most time and move towards environments you rarely spend time in, for example: home, work, public spaces, and nature. You can even consider the environments which you rarely are in, for example: a once a year vacation spot. Environments describe more than the natural environment of the earth we live in. Environments are different in our homes than they are at our jobs. Some actions may be acceptable or commonplace in one but not the other.
Next examine the different communities you contribute to and are affected by. Your: family and friends, neighborhood, town or city, state, nationality. These communities also cover different groups you might be a part of. These could include: support groups, sports groups or teams, religious affiliation, even communities which seem to have little to do with your life can affect you. An example would be the friend of your spouse. They may not be your friend directly but if your spouse discusses friends with you then they are impacting your life.
These exercises will give you a better picture of how wide your web is and what environments and communities might have an effect on you. It is very important to try to increase the quality of communication in our communities and the impact of our actions on our environments.
Test your environmental impact at: http://www.myfootprint.org/en/. Once you have taken the quiz, be sure to visit Reduce Your Footprint
for ideas to lessen your impact at: http://www.myfootprint.org/en/take_action/reduce_your_footprint//.
This website gives some great tips on successful communication with others: http://www.ncsu.edu/health_promotion/Stress/communication.html
This website: http://www.helpguide.org/mental/eq6_nonverbal_communication.htm addresses nonverbal communication skills.
The National Wellness Institute offers the following tenets to strive for physical wellness:
- It is better to contribute to the common welfare of our community than to think only of ourselves.
- It is better to live in harmony with others and our environment than to live in conflict with them.