Social and Intellectual Health

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Posted on 17th January 2012 by admin in Uncategorized

Social health refers to the ability to interact effectively with other people and the social environment, to develop satisfying interpersonal relationships, and to fulfill social roles.  It involves participating and contributing to your community, living in harmony with fellow human beings, developing positive interpersonal relationships with others and practicing healthy behaviors.  Health educators are placing a greater emphasis on social health in it’s broadest sense, as they expand the traditional individualistic concept of health, to include the complex interrelationships between one person’s health and the health of the community and environment.  Whether your environment is as a student at school studying, or in an allied health professional, our health is an important thing to acknowledge and focus on.  This change in perspective has given rise to a new emphasis on health promotion, which enhances health by building knowledge and skills among individuals and modifying their environment to foster healthier lifestyles.

The brain is the only organ capable of self-awareness.  Every day you use your mind to gather, process and act on information to think through your values, to make decisions, set goals, and figure out how to handle a problem or challenge.  Intellectual health refers to your ability to think and learn from life experiences, your openness to new ideas, and your capacity to question and evaluate information.  Throughout your life, you’ll use your critical thinking skills, including your ability to evaluate health information, to safeguard your well-being.

Social and intellectual health are very important things to consider in addition to physical.  Many times we think that health only involves the body, but there are many different facets to health.