Social Well-Being

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Each relationship has its own purpose. Some may offer support during difficult times, others may provide ice cream and delightful conversations. Whatever the relationship may be, by building healthy, nurturing, and supportive relationships we can improve our social well-being.

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Communication is Key

Speak up and speak out!The more you talk, the more you learn about your own communication style and how you communicate with others. Meaningful conversations include both verbal and nonverbal communication, so don’t let your body do all the talking. Show off what that mind can do.

Respect the wants, needs, and boundaries of others—and yourself.


Look back at previous interactions and conflicts to identify possible areas of improvement. Improvement is important, but don’t forget to reflect on the things you enjoy!

Room For Improvement

Your mental health is an important factor in building and sustaining healthy relationships. If you feel like you’re not in a healthy state of mind, reach out for help. A happy mind is a contagious mind, so spread happiness like peanut butter on bread.

Community involvement is a great way to boost social well-being. Getting involved with events around Virginia Tech could spark new relationships through common interests.

Keeping in contact with friends and family can seem challenging, but it is important to let others know they are being thought of.

In the HokieBird we Trust

Trust is something not easily earned. One way to earn someone’s trust is by practicing self-disclosure. Disclosing personal information doesn’t have to be about you spilling your deepest, darkest secrets to some stranger, but rather safely and gradually uncovering details about yourself and your life.

Keeping sensitive information safe is another way to gain trust. If someone puts their faith and trust in you, respect that! No one wants their business spread by someone else.

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