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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


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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.


Interesting Articles

  • 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)

TED talks

  • 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 jennifer.e.ray@vanderbilt.edu.