Pathways to Wellness

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Social support

Social support refers to the advice, love, help, resources, information and empathy that we give to and receive from others, especially our family and friends. It makes sense that receiving social support would be good for our own health and well-being. Social support helps us get through tough times and it may “soften” the impact of stressful life events.

What may be less well known is that supporting others is also good for our health. In fact, we add more years to our life when we give than when we receive. A good relationship is one which is reciprocal – over time, the give and take by both people balances out.

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