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Welcome to 3-2-1 Tuesdays with Better Wellness Naturally- The Importance Of Social Connections

Updated: May 9


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1: Quick Article


"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

- Helen Keller

social connections

3 Keys to Understanding Social Connections:
  1. Quality Over Quantity: We’re wired for human connections, and it's not about the number of people you know, but the depth and quality of those connections that truly matter. Who are you spending your time with? Does the relationship add value for you?

  2. Reciprocity and Trust: Social connections thrive on mutual trust and reciprocity. Building and maintaining trust in relationships involves being reliable, honest, and supportive. When we trust and support each other, we create a safe space for vulnerability and authenticity, strengthen our bonds and foster deeper connections. Healthy reciprocity is key, however, so please consider if the relationship is supportive and reciprocal.

  3. Diversity and Inclusivity: Considering surrounding yourself with people outside of your “knowns”, including those from different backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives. Diversity enriches our lives, broadens our horizons, and creates space for better empathy and deeper understanding. We’re all much more alike—meaning, we have the same feelings and emotions— than many of us realize.


A Couple of Concepts to Deepen Understanding

Social Support Networks: Social support networks play a crucial role in buffering us against stress and adversity. Research has shown that individuals with strong social connections experience better physical and mental health outcomes, including lower rates of depression, anxiety, and chronic illness. Even if we identify as "loners" or "introverts," none of us exists in a vacuum or can truly thrive independent of humanity. Building and maintaining supportive relationships is essential for our well-being and integral to our shared human experience.


Social Identity Theory: Social identity theory posits that our sense of self is influenced by the groups we belong to. Our social connections shape our identity, values, and beliefs, influencing how we perceive ourselves and others. The great Jim Rohn often emphasized that we reflect the combined attributes of the five people we spend the most time with and this idea is backed by the scientific understanding of how we co-regulate with those around us. Therefore, it's important to choose these individuals wisely, as they have a significant impact on how we live and who we become.


A Quick Overview

Social connections are not just a “must do” they are a fundamental aspect of human existence essential for our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.


And yes, we’re “hard wired” to be part of a community.


Research spanning decades has consistently shown that individuals with strong social support networks experience better health outcomes, increased resilience, and greater overall life satisfaction.


Numerous studies have demonstrated the deep impact of social connections on our health and well-being. For example, a meta-analytic review by Holt-Lunstad, Smith, and Layton found that individuals with strong social relationships have a 50% increased likelihood of survival compared to those with weak or insufficient social ties. This effect is comparable to quitting smoking and exceeds the benefits of physical activity and maintaining a healthy weight.


Neuroscientific research has shed light on the brain mechanisms underlying social connections. Studies using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have shown that social interactions activate reward pathways in the brain, including the release of neurotransmitters such as dopamine and oxytocin. These neurochemicals play a crucial role in promoting feelings of pleasure, bonding, and trust, reinforcing the importance of social connections for our emotional well-being.


In addition to its physiological effects, social support provides numerous psychological benefits. Having a strong social support network has been linked to lower rates of depression, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.


And, importantly, healthy social connections serve as a buffer against life's challenges, providing emotional support, practical assistance, and a sense of belonging that promotes better resilience and increased coping capabilities.



References:

  • Holt-Lunstad, J., Smith, T. B., & Layton, J. B. (2010). Social relationships and mortality risk: A meta-analytic review. PLoS Medicine, 7(7), e1000316.

  • Baumeister, R. F., & Leary, M. R. (1995). The need to belong: Desire for interpersonal attachments as a fundamental human motivation. Psychological Bulletin, 117(3), 497–529.

  • Eisenberger, N. I., Lieberman, M. D., & Williams, K. D. (2003). Does rejection hurt? An fMRI study of social exclusion. Science, 302(5643), 290–292.



 

And… Coming Next Month:



Damaged Rudders:

Healing through Yoga, Creativity and the Connections to our Divinity 

by Laura Weber Garrison, PhD


From the publisher…


"Damaged Rudders" emerges as a vital guide for those traversing the turbulent waters of trauma and seeking pathways to recovery and wholeness. Authored by Laura Weber Garrison, PhD, this book introduces a transformative approach that melds creativity, restorative yoga, artistic expression, and profound spiritual insights to foster deep healing.


Here, Garrison shares her own compelling journey alongside practical, evidence-based strategies that empower readers to reclaim their lives. Each page resonates with her commitment to nurturing creative resilience, promoting self-discovery, and facilitating transformational change.


This is not just another narrative on overcoming adversity; it's an invitation to reshape your life through unique, science-based integrative practices that reconnect you to your inner strength and divine purpose. "Damaged Rudders" is a must-read for anyone ready to restore their spirit, renew their passion for life, and rediscover the joy of living in alignment with their deepest truths.”


Available in May 2024!



 


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