Breaking news

For overall wellbeing, it's just as important to look after our social health as it is to look after our physical and mental health.

Wellbeing

Note: The 'Why Social Health Matters' Report is based on a randomised survey of over 200 participants aged 18 and over, plus a review of social science and health related academic and professional literature.

Breaking news

For overall wellbeing, it's just as important to look after our social health as it is to look after our physical and mental health.

The 'Why Social Health Matters' Report is based on a randomised survey of over 200 participants aged 18 and over, plus a review of social science and health related academic and professional literature.

Wellbeing

Did you know?

Social health can be defined as a person's ability to develop and maintain quality relationships with other people through positive interactions. The importance of social health to our overall health and wellbeing is recognised by the World Health Organisation which says health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Did you know?

Social health can be defined as a person's ability to develop and maintain quality relationships with other people through positive interactions. The importance of social health to our overall health and wellbeing is recognised by the World Health Organisation which says health is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing.

Background

As social health doesn't get as much attention as physical and mental health, we asked Hertfordshire Business School Market Research Services to help us conduct some new research. The Project Team looked at four things that influence social health - empathy, self-awareness, social confidence, and conversation skills.

Empathy

A person's ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling

Self-awareness

Internal: A person's ability to recognise their own emotions and feelings and the impact of their emotions and feelings on others. External: A person's ability to understand how how others view them.

Social confidence

A person's confidence in interacting with other people in social situations

Conversation skills

Conversation skills include a person’s ability to initiate, manage and develop conversations in different social situations

Background

As social health doesn't get as much attention as physical and mental health, we asked Hertfordshire Business School Market Research Services to help us conduct some new research. The Project Team looked at four things that influence social health - empathy, self-awareness, social confidence, and conversation skills.

Empathy

A person's ability to understand what another person is thinking or feeling

Self-awareness

Internal: A person's ability to recognise their own emotions and feelings and the impact of their emotions and feelings on others. External: A person's ability to understand how how others view them.

Social confidence

A person's confidence in interacting with other people in social situations

Conversation skills

Conversation skills include a person’s ability to initiate, manage and develop conversations in different social situations

FINDINGS

87%

of all participants either somewhat agree, agree or strongly agree

"I'd like others to see me as I really am"

78%

of all participants either somewhat agree, agree or strongly agree

"I'd like people to be better at understanding how I'm feeling"

65%

of all participants either somewhat agree, agree or strongly agree

"I wish I was better at coming up with different things to talk about" 

61%

of all participants either somewhat agree, agree or strongly agree

"I wish I felt more comfortable being myself in social situations"

CONCLUSION

Striving for a good balance between all aspects of health and wellbeing is why social health matters.  

"Our relationships truly are our most important assets" (Peter Bregman, best-selling author, 2020)