Social Wellness

Social Wellness is cultivating supportive relationships and community through genuine connection and belonging. It includes how you spend time in community with others, your social life, and meeting new people. Below are some ideas of what social wellness means to our GV community.

Social Wellness Collage

Be Socially Well

9 Characteristics of Socially Well People

  • Development of assertiveness skills not passive or aggressive ones.
  • Balancing social and personal time.
  • The ability to be who you are in all situations.
  • Becoming engaged with other people in your community.
  • Valuing diversity and treat others with respect.
  • Continually being able to maintain and develop friendships and social networks.
  • The ability to create boundaries within relationship boundaries that encourage communication, trust and conflict management.
  • Remembering to have fun.
  • Having a supportive network of family and friends.

Improving Social Wellness

  1. Surround yourself with people who you can trust and you know care about you.
  2. Communicate clearly when dealing with conflict.
  3. Make at least one good friend you can count on.
  4. Get involved with a student organization.
  5. Be okay being alone.

Meet New People

College is a wonderful time to meet people from different backgrounds than you, but it can be hard to know where to start! Join a group focused on your favorite hobby like reading, hiking, gaming, or playing music. Or, invite your neighbor to an event on campus

Stay Connected to Home

Homesickness is a normal experience for many college students. And, while it’s important to meet new people and get involved on campus, it can also be helpful to stay connected to family and friends back home. So if you’re missing them, reach out and give them a call - tell them about new experiences you have been having.


A great way to get involved on campus or in the community is to Volunteer. You can volunteer based on your interests. Local non-profits, schools, libraries and places of worship often need volunteers for special events or even day to day operations. Even giving back in simple ways can improve your overall health and happiness.


On Campus

Check out the Community Service Learning Center

  • Become active citizens and give back to your community.
  • Meet new people to volunteer with.
  • Serve others to help make the world a better place.

Visit the Division of Inclusion and Equity webpage.

  • Find community at campus social justice centers.
  • Get involved in events.

Visit Kirkhof Center

  • A great place to collaborate with other students to study or hang out.
  • Play games such as pool, Foosball, Xbox, and PlayStation.
  • Watch movies in the Big Screen Theater.

Get involved with Student Life

  • Join clubs and organizations. 
  • Make new friends with similar interests.
  • Collaborate with others to engage with the community.

Visit the University Events Calendar.

  • Meet new people or hang out with friends.
  • Get involved with the campus community.

Off Campus

Check out opportunities for Community Involvement

  • Find an abundance of volunteer opportunities around West Michigan.
  • Work with your community to make things better.
  • Connect with nonprofits and other volunteer organizations.

Explore West Michigan Events

  • Find upcoming opportunities to connect with other people in the community.
  • Explore events around West Michigan.
  • Experience local festivals with friends and family.

Get involved with the Young Leaders Society

  • Help organize events, such as social gatherings, volunteer events, and professional development opportunities.
  • Interact with other people around West Michigan.
  • Improve the community.


Check out the online versions of these popular games with friends.

Use the Social Wellness Checklist  to build friendships

  • Find tips on how to improve social connections.
  • See examples of easy ways to implement each of the strategies.
  • Learn about the importance of building support systems.

Visit the Sporcle website.

  • The world’s largest trivia quiz platform, with endless quizzes for you to take.
  • Search by category for quizzes that interest you.

Utilize the Support System Worksheet

  • Use this as a tool to identify the people who support you.
  • Think about potential problems and analyze ways your support system can help you.
  •  Learn how to build your support network.

Page last modified March 1, 2024