|The society you live in and your interactions with it have a significant influence on your intellectual and emotional well being|
Look at the people from a conservative, fanatic or deeply religious society. Also look at the people from a liberal free thinking society. You can clearly experience the intellectual and emotional contrast between the two. Where as the former ones look tensed, narrow minded and unfriendly, the latter ones look peaceful, broad minded, intelligent and friendly. The reason for this is the "Social Programming" that we all undergo as we grow, live and age. The society we live in can have a huge impact on our emotional status.
We can call the collective impact of the society on our well being as "Social Health". It denotes the intellectual and emotional aspects of every interaction that we have with our society.
Many of the secrets of a strongly bound society, can be discovered by studying the closest living cousins of humans - Bonobos. Bonobos are a sub-division of chimpanzees. They form very strong communities and are very intelligent. They are even found to understand human language! They strengthen the bonds in their community by having sex. Right from saying a "Hello!" to "How about a dinner this evening", they have sex liberally. This is found to fortify their communities.
If you desire a good social health, be part of a good society. Live in the middle of a good society. If you are in a bad, violent society, move to a good, peaceful, wise, educated, intelligent society. You can observe major changes in your life. Contribute positively and visibly to your society. Make a lot of good friends. Be part of a family system, either traditional or alternative. (I shall discuss about the alternative family systems in a separate blog post) Take care of your family. Never talk behind anyone's back. Forget and forgive.
That's the secret of social health!