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Do social groups really make a difference to our wellbeing?

At WorkLife by OpenMoney, we believe that social wellbeing is a crucially important pillar, despite it often being excluded from the wellbeing strategies of many businesses.

Leah Heath

Wellbeing Advisor

December 17, 2021

Taking part in social endeavours, maintaining good relationships and building strong social networks are all shown to be positive for wellbeing. This is why at WorkLife by OpenMoney, we believe that social wellbeing is a crucially important pillar, despite it often being excluded from the wellbeing strategies of many businesses.

One of the reasons that we believe it is so important is because social wellbeing can have a huge effect on the other pillars of wellbeing. For example, it has been said that a person’s social networks can impact their physical health. There is one international study that showed that over seven years, those with adequate social relationships had a 50% greater survival rate compared with individuals with poor social relationships! Meaning that social networks have been shown to be as powerful predictors of mortality as things such as moderate smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, high cholesterol and blood pressure. If that isn’t a reason to take our social wellbeing seriously, we don’t know what is!

Social groups are networks of people that we spend our time with. So think about who you spend your time with. Friends, family, a sports team, church group, volunteer organisation and many other groups might come to mind. This is great, but having healthy social wellbeing is not just about saying yes to every social event. It is about connecting with others, having a strong support network and good friends. It is about knowing your neighbours and looking out for each other. This can help you build a sense of belonging and self-worth, give you an opportunity to share positive experiences, help to provide emotional support and allow you to support others.

It is therefore important that we nurture our social connections in the interest of our overall wellbeing. At WorkLife by OpenMoney we have benefits that ease making and maintaining these connections. Just take a look at WorkLife’s workplace benefits to find out more!