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Birds of a Feather Flock Together

February 23, 2010

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You can learn a lot from penguins about being social.  They play, they dance (yes, really!) they work and travel together, they have leaders, and live in families… sound like any other mammal you know?

And, they always look like they are enjoying it!  I mean honestly, have you ever seen an unhappy looking penguin?
Do you enjoy being social? Do you think you are any “good at it”?
As part of my ongoing Wellness Wheel Series, let’s tale a look at what it means to be socially healthy and balanced…
The smart folks at Vanderbilt University Wellness Resource Center describe it this way:

SOCIAL WELLNESS: a perception of having support available from family, friends, or co-workers in times of need and a perception of being a valued support provider.

  • Being comfortable with and liking yourself as a person
  • Interacting easily with people of different ages, backgrounds, races, lifestyles
  • Contributing time and energy to the community
  • Communicating your feelings
  • Developing friendships
  • Recognizing a need for “fun” time in your life
  • Budgeting and balancing your time to include both responsibilities and relaxation

The idea here is to remember that “health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” (World Health Organization).

How socially heathy are you?  Are you making time to see friends once in awhile, or are you too bogged down with work or family?  Are you involved in any groups or activities in your church or community?

Rate your self on the questions below… 0-4 with 4 being the best.

  • I have at least three people with whom I have a close, trusting relationship
  • I am generally able to resolve conflicts within my relationships
  • I have adequate support systems for all dimensions of my life
  • I am aware and able to set and respect my own and others’ boundaries
  • I have a sense of belonging to a group or within organizations
  • I generally like people and people generally like me

How did you do? If you rated yourself 0-2 on any statement, you might want to give that area a little grease.

Leave me a comment if you’d like additional resources.  Heck,  leave me a comment anyway!

*If you are interested in reading more fun facts about penguin social behavior just click HERE!

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