Social Wellness is the ability to relate to and connect with other people in our world and being comfortable with and liking yourself as a person. Our ability to establish and maintain positive relationships with family, friends and co-workers contributes to our Social Wellness.
- Interacting easily with people of different ages, backgrounds, races, and lifestyles.
- Contributing time and energy to the betterment of your community.
- Communicating your feelings
- Developing friendships that are beneficial and non-exploitive
- Recognizing a need for “fun” time in your life
- Budgeting and balancing your time to include both responsibilities and relaxation
- Vanderbilt Health & Wellness: Social Connections
- Vanderbilt Psychological & Counseling Center
- University Calendar: campus wide calendar of events
- AnchorLink: list of all student organizations & a student org fair held every fall
- Check out info on how to start your own student organization!
- International Student & Scholar Services
- Office of Active Citizenship & Service Office
- Nichols Humanitarian Fund: The Fund is a companion scholarship fund to the Nichols-Chancellor’s Medal, and encourages Vanderbilt students to become better citizens of the world and to broaden their thinking by volunteering for humanitarian efforts. The Fund enables students to volunteer for domestic or international humanitarian service opportunities by making support available for educational, travel, and living expenses during their time of service.
- Alternative Spring Break
- Office of Greek Life & Greek Life Event Calendar
- Get Involved with Vanderbilt Student Government
- The Office of Leadership Development and Intercultural Affairs
- The Multicultural Leadership Council: umbrella organization for 19 different cultural groups on campus.
- Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center
- Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Life
- Office for Diversity Affairs, Med School
- Inclusion Initiatives & Cultural Competence
- Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
- Office of the Arts & Creative Engagement
- Community Nashville: An organization focused on “outreach and advocacy,” Community Nashville allows participants to show their caring for others through volunteer participation. Taking action on behalf of the community help to harmonize oneself with the world.
- Hands On Nashville: links volunteers to various volunteer opportunities in the community.
- Nashville Parks and Recreation: Parks around Nashville often schedule events designed for all age groups, such as art, nature and craft events. http://www.nashville.gov/parks
- American Red Cross, Volunteer Opportunities
- Shade Tree Clinic, How to Volunteer
- Make-A-Wish, Volunteering
- Hope Lodge, Become a volunteer
- ASPCA, Volunteering & Support
- Nashville Scene
- Visit Music City
- Blue Shoe Nashville
- Lightning 100 local music
- Frist Center for the Visual Arts
- Schermerhorn Symphony Center
- Country Music Hall of Fame
- Ryman Auditorium
- Nashville’s Main Public Library
- Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
- The Parthenon
- The Belcourt
Activities & Exercises to improve & interact with social wellness
• Contact a student tour guide and use them as resources to better connect you to the Vanderbilt community. Once you find a student who could serve as a good resource, Vanderbilt Admissions encourages students to email him/her with any questions.
- Improve your active listening skills. If you have a friend, colleague, or family member that is going through a difficult time or major life event, let them know you are there to listen and support them. Here are tips how to be a good listener:
- Listening & Supporting skills
- Practice Active Listening to Become a Better Supporter
- Join a sports club or play Intramurals!
- Self-help strategies for social anxiety (PDF)
- 6 Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety (ARTICLE)
- These psychological quizzes and tests are great ways to reveal hidden or not-so-hidden aspects of your identity and/or personality: QUIZZES
- What Technology Can’t Change About Happiness (Article)
- Listen Up! 8 Small Changes to Sound More Confident (Article)
- Surprising Things I Learned After Giving Up Alcohol for 2 Months (Article)
- 10 Tennessee Swimming Holes You Can’t Miss This Summer (Article)
- Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life. When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.
- Matthieu Ricard: The Habits of Happiness. What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
- Thandie Newton: Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself. Actor Thandie Newton tells the story of finding her “otherness” — first, as a child growing up in two distinct cultures, and then as an actor playing with many different selves.
- Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are. Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.
The Wellness Center Team invites suggestions and community contributors to our Wellness Wheel pages-We are always looking to keep things fresh! If you have an article you’d like to see posted or would like to add your organization as a resource, please contact Jennifer Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.