Lesson 2 - Social Connection
Humans are social creatures with emotional needs for relationships and positive connections to others. We’re not meant to survive, let alone thrive, in isolation. Our social brains crave companionship - even when experience has made us shy and distrustful of others.
Making good social connections helps:
Provide comfort and joy
Prevent loneliness and isolation
Improve your support network
Our society tends to place an emphasis on romantic relationships,
but friends bring more happiness into our lives than virtually anything else.
Healthy friendships can:
Improve your mood
Help you to reach your goals
Reduce stress and depression
Support you through challenging times
Support you as you age
Boost your self-worth
Here are some tips to build good social connections:
Look for someone that:
Shows a genuine interest in you
Accepts who you are
Listens attentively without judgement
Shares things about themselves with you
Be a better friend yourself:
Be the friend that you would like to have
Be a good listener
Give your friend space
Don’t set too many rules and expectations
Meet new people or track down old friends:
Take a class or join a club
Walk a dog
Cheer on your team
Mental Health Matters Challenge: Make Your Connection
Step 1: Make your motivational message. Use the SMART goal you developed in the previous challenge and craft a motivational message - make it a Post-It, slogan, song, artwork, memory or extravagant topiary garden - something to connect with every day to help get you to your goal.
Step 2: Make a social connection. Meet someone new, join a club, or make a social post introducing yourself on WolfPack Connect.
If you need some options, all campus events are always posted on WolfPack Connect!
Talk to a counselor about your personal mental health concerns self-schedule using our Navigate app or call (608) 246-6076
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