The Importance Of Social Wellness In Our Lives

July’s Social Wellness Month highlights the importance of strong relationships: how they significantly enhance our health, and even help us live longer!

July is Social Wellness Month, and we’ve got social bonds on our mind. Strong relationships are more than just enjoyable—they’re a critical component of our health and longevity. This month, we’re reminded of the power of a simple coffee chat or a heartfelt phone call in nurturing those connections.

The importance of strong and deep relationships with others

Social wellness is more than how much social activity we take part in—it’s about how strong and meaningful our friendships and relationships are, and how they help keep us healthy. This is backed by extensive research, including findings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to them, individuals who maintain strong social relationships have a 50% increased likelihood of living longer than those with weaker or fewer social connections. The strength of our relationships also helps us fend off a variety of health challenges such as heart disease, stroke, dementia, depression, and anxiety.

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In addition, research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology shows having good friends and relationships can affect how long you live, almost as much as smoking does. It’s even more important than exercising or not being overweight.

Social wellness impacts everything about our health, extending beyond the physical to include emotional and mental well-being.

That’s why we’re proud to feature the efforts of Family Connections, a Holiday Fund partner organization in New Jersey that has committed to enhancing the lives of its clients for over a century!

How Family Connections is helping New Jersey folks in need feel more connected to each other

For over 140 years, Family Connections has been at the forefront of promoting social wellness. Their initiatives have helped countless individuals and families strengthen their social ties, improving both mental and physical health across communities.

Family Connections tackles key social issues head-on by fostering a sense of belonging and support. In New Jersey and beyond, their work addresses critical challenges such as chronic disease prevention, mental health improvement, and reducing risks of violent behaviors. By emphasizing social connectivity, they’re making strides toward a healthier society.

“I have met awesome people that are so sweet and respectful to my kids and they don’t treat me or my kids like [just] another case,” shares one beneficiary of Family Connections’ programs. “I feel very comfortable and welcome.”

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How the Greater Newark Holiday Fund cultivates social wellness through their support of Family Connections

The Greater Newark Holiday Fund stands as a key supporter of Family Connections. 

Through its dedicated efforts, the Holiday Fund secures essential financial support for 11 social service agencies across New Jersey. These agencies deliver a broad spectrum of services, including eldercare, children’s programs, and support for survivors of abuse. Additionally, they provide critical basics such as food, clothing, and shelter to thousands in need, while also enhancing family well-being through comprehensive mental health services. 

The partnership with the Holiday Fund not only amplifies Family Connections’ capacity to serve but significantly contributes to the overall empowerment and support of countless individuals and families throughout the area.

How to celebrate Social Wellness Month

This Social Wellness Month, consider how you can deepen your connections. Whether it’s inviting a friend for coffee or reaching out with a thoughtful message, every action counts. 

And if you’re looking for a way to make a broader impact, consider supporting Family Connections with a donation to the Holiday Fund. Your contribution could change lives by empowering more people to embrace social wellness.

Join the movement and donate at today.

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