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Social Capital refers to resources accessed by individuals and groups within a social structure that facilitate cooperation, collective action, and the maintenance of norms. What does this mean exactly?
For the sake of simplicity, however, we can think of social capital as the links, shared values and understanding in society that enable individuals and groups to trust each other and work together. Essentially, if individuals choose to work together effectively it will lead to a healthier life for everyone involved.
It may seem silly, but it turns out how we treat people can positively affect social capital.
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Stress has negative affects on ones health. Networking and building social connections are a great way to establish a sense of belonging in a community. Ultimately, individuals need to feel like they have place to be in the community.
2) This makes sense, I wonder if we start treating our neighbors better, stress rates will fall...
When it comes to health social capital teamwork must never go under-looked. It turns out how we communicate and operate together will help determine how high our social capital is. Thus, the importance for the community to engage in meaningful conversation is essential.
I was surprised how closely social capital and health were related. Originally, my thought of capital was money, but I now know social capital often starts in the communities we live. One of the things a community can do is simply promoting healthy behaviors to their friends and neighbors. This is just one of many ways to increase the social capital in a certain area.
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