“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth…” (3 Jn. 2).
Last week, we began an introductory discussion about the seven dimensions of wellness. This week, we will be taking the discussion a little further by beginning to focus on each dimension of wellness individually. The first dimension of wellness to be discussed is social wellness.
Social wellness is “one’s ability to interact with people around them.” This refers to how we interact with and relate to others. Inclusive of this are our relationships with members of our family, our friends, and our community. It speaks to how we are interconnected with the people around us.
The University of California at Riverside (UCR) states,
“Social wellness follows these tenets: 1) It is better to contribute to the common welfare of our community than to think only of ourselves., and 2) It is better to live in harmony with other and our environment than to live in conflict with them…”
An example of this can found in the Book of Acts. After the Day of Pentecost,
“…all that believed were together, and had all things common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart…” (2:44-46).
To accomplish something as indicated in the example above, we would have to change our perspective about the purpose of receiving blessings from God. In Biblical times, it was understood that God was the Source of “all things that pertain unto to life and godliness…” (2 Pet. 1:3). Therefore, everything we have has been given unto us by God.
Upon realizing this, we better understand that the sole purpose of being blessed is to become a blessing to others in return. However, blessings are not limited to an increase in one’s financial status as one may think. Blessings may come in many forms, which can be inclusive of finances, knowledge, time, skill sets, material possessions, and access to other resources that are essential to sustaining the basic needs of humanity. The overall outcome is that we not only see the value within ourselves, but we also see the value in the lives of others as well.
The process of social wellness causes us to engage in interdependent relationships with others and receive from others as well. A healthy social relationship is a relationship that is reciprocal. In other words, we are not only giving to others to add value to their lives. Others within our social circles should be pouring into our lives and adding value to us as well. It is what is believed to be descriptive of what is called the “divine dance” as witnessed between the Members of the Holy Trinity. This “divine dance” demonstrates the love that each member has for one another that is manifested through our actions for the greater good of those within the community around us (1 Jn. 4:7,20,21). It unites us and makes us one with each other.
UCR further explains this concept,
“…If you are a person engaged in the process of social wellness, you see the value in living in harmony with your fellow human beings, seeking positive, interdependent relationships with others, and developing healthy behaviors. You are also willing to actively seek out ways to preserve the beauty and balance of nature and the community…”
Ask yourself, “How is my social wellness? Where do I find myself in relation to the above discussion?” Next week, we will begin a discussion of emotional wellness. Next week’s discussion will be followed up with continued discussions on healthy lifestyle choices based on our understanding of each dimension of wellness. I would appreciate any feedback from anyone as this is a community effort to living our best life in honor of the One Who has given us this life to live. Love God…love others….love yourself!
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”