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Social and Cultural

What is Social & Cultural Well-Being?

Social Well-Being refers to one’s ability to interact with people around them. It involves using good communication skills, having meaningful relationships, respecting yourself and others, and creating a support system that includes family members and friends. Social interaction is our body’s most evolved and surefire strategy for regulating the nervous system. Talking face to face with a relaxed and caring listener can help you quickly calm down and release tension. Although you may not always have a friend nearby to help in the middle of a stressful situation, maintaining a network of close relationships is vital for good mental health.

Cultural well-being may be defined as the behaviors, values and beliefs shared by a group of people, such as an ethnic, racial, geographical, religious, gender, class, or age group. Everyone belongs to multiple cultural groups, so that each individual is a blend of many influences. Culture includes or influences dress, language, religion, customs, food, laws, codes of manners, behavioral standards of patterns, and beliefs. It plays in important role in how people of different backgrounds express themselves, seek help, cope with stress, and develop social supports.

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