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Family, Friends, and Co-workers: Connecting For Whole Health

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Family, Friends, and Co-workers: Connecting For Whole Health


Feeling listened to and connected with people you love and care about is an integral part of relationships. Having close, loving, and supportive relationships can improve your health and well-being.

Why are my relationships important?

Relationships can affect our emotional, mental, and physical health and well-being. Connections to family, friends, community, and even animals can reduce stress and improve your physical and emotional well-being.

The resources offered here will help support you as you work on your connections with others.

How can I connect with more people around me?

The following are some ways you can connect more:

  • Volunteer. has shown that this is a great way to meet someone and can also improve your health.
  • Connect. Find online and community-based support groups to connect with people who have the same medical concerns. Join a religious or spiritual community. Consider fostering or adopting a pet; bonding with a pet may increase your trust in others and inspire you to be closer to other humans too.
  • Engage. Help organize community events by joining a steering committee or board. Attend important community events like civic celebrations or fundraisers.
  • Play. Take a course of some kind, or join a hobby or interest group.

Whole Health Handouts

Introduction to Family, Friends, and Co-Workers: Connecting for Whole Health

Relationships and Health

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