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Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?
I like this quote by the bestselling author Bob Goff, “God made so many of us, to make sure nobody would feel lonely.” This is what Social Wellness Month is all about, it’s to remind us that we are made to be part of people’s lives — not everybody’s of course, but our friends and family, even our neighbor’s. It’s all about nurturing ourselves and our relationships, of being there for each other in tough times, and also to feel good about ourselves, in a healthy way.
We’re not made to be alone, that’s why there’s a lot of us, and having social support gives us a buffer against the ugly things in life (we don’t have to look too far for those things these days). Being in good relationships is also literally healthy for our us, physically! It’s been scientifically proven that healthy relationships are good for our hearts, our endocrine and immune system. People who have good friends tend to live longer and respond better to stress.
So may this month remind us to nurture our relationships. Here are some tips on how to be a good friend, son, daughter, mom, dad or neighbor to the people in our lives:
- Keep your promises.
- Resist playing the blame game.
- Don’t fix people, but rather think of better and more creative ways to resolve conflict.
- Show your love and appreciation either through your words or actions.
So when was the last time to you spent time with other people outside of social media? Private messages or texting hardly count! Go out and be with them!