What Is Social Wellness, and Why Is It Important?
Social wellness is centered around cultivating healthy relationships and overall well-being in a community–and nonprofits can provide valuable services to support social wellness initiatives. Being socially involved helps people overcome feelings of isolation, which is a predictor of premature death and illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Healthy relationships also help improve self-esteem, promote a positive self-image, and can inspire new healthy self-care habits.
Investing in social wellness programs positively impacts nonprofits and the communities they serve. Fostering healthy relationships supports the broader community by improving connectedness, livability, justice, and equity. The better connected we are to each other, the stronger the systems underlying society become.
When we care about ourselves, our workplace, and our community, everyone benefits.