Interpersonal Fitness

“Good social relationships are associated with enhanced happiness, increased cognitive capacity, improved quality of life and greater resilience.”

“Resiliency is rooted in and rests fundamentally on relationships, both the perceived and actually received amount and quality of social supports.”

“Psychological health involves people needing to feel connected and having a sense of belongingness.”

“Individuals who feel lonely and socially isolated are prone to poorer health, compromised immune systems, cardiac diseases, and early death. Social interactions can produce changes in the experience and biology of loneliness.”

“When you do not have hope, you can look for it in the face of a friend or loved one.”

“Avoid isolation: It is easier to find courage when I am not alone.”

Interpersonal fitness is the capacity to foster, engage in and sustain positive relationships and to endure and recover from life stressors with the assistance and support of others. Socially resilient individuals evidence the willingness to both ask for help and offer help when needed and build mutually caring relationships.

This section will provide practical suggestions on how to improve your relationships by:

a) fine-tuning your communication skills b) learning ways to handle interpersonal conflicts more effectively c) learning ways to nurture your relationship with a partner/spouse d) developing ways to reenter, reengage, reconnect, reintegrate and become more resilient

Action 9