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4 – Types of Social Engagement

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Good Day, All. Picking up from our previous dialog, Social Engagement usually refers to a person’s participation in a social group or social activity. It is directly related to one’s mental well-being, as high social engagement in a normal and conformist society increases one’s happiness as well as mental and physical health. Social engagement differs from social networking as a social network focuses mainly on the groups and not on the activities. Here, I have listed 5 different types of social engagement:

Live Entertainment: Entertainment is a means of drowning the monotony of our daily lives Live Entertainment shows (such as music festivals, theatre, art show, sports events etc.) helps you connect with like-minded people. It helps people form a bond over a common matter and thus fosters a sense of belonging. It provides you with an opportunity to link with people who have similar likes and dislikes.

Festivals: Festivals have been bringing people closer together since time immemorial. They help to shape the feeling of community. When you go out to celebrate any festival you will definitely interact with different people, make new friends and take part in some activities together. There are certain festivals – like the African Street Festival in Nashville, TN – which are celebrated to propagate cultural heritage and provides a sense of bondage between people who share the same interests, irrespective of community and culture, thus binding the whole human society together. Use social media platforms like Facebook to discover Live Entertainment promotions and learn of Festivals like those provided by “Music City Acts“.

Travel: Traveling lets you view new parts of the world and lets you interact with people you have never met before. Travel is a great way to increase your social engagement as affords you the opportunity to interact with people on a global level. You can learn about their language, their culture and heritage and vice versa.

Family Affairs: In the present day and age, some are too busy to find time to visit each of their family members once a year. Family gatherings – be it a wedding, anniversary or just a simple holiday celebration – lets you engage in a social conversation and take part in different social activities together. These interactions create memories and strengthens the bond between the members.

Social Media: In this new digital age, social media is the new frontier of the majority of social exchanges. Various social media websites are bridging the gap between people and bringing us close together. You can now interact with a total stranger over the internet while sitting comfortably in your home.

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3 – Benefits of Social Engagement

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Social engagement and interaction are essential elements to any life. When you think of spending time with friends or going out to meet new people, you may assume that the only benefit is a fun evening with people that helps to stave off a feeling of social isolation. But, social engagement has many benefits for overall health and can help people to lead longer, more fulfilling, and enriching lives. So the next time you are wondering if you should spend a few hours out on the town with people, consider the many benefits.

By now, most of us are aware of the conditions that tend to cause the most adverse health issues. These conditions include obesity, diabetes, stress, smoking, and other maladies. It’s not widely known or talked about but loneliness and isolation can be detrimental to physical health just as much as those conditions. This is supported by a study conducted at Brigham-Young University and supplemented with a study from BYU and University of Chapel Hill North Carolina which discovered that those people with fewer social connections can suffer a 50% higher risk of dying within the seven year study follow up period. Furthermore, research also suggests that friendships greatly increase your chances for a long and healthy life, more so than even children and other relatives. This may be surprising, but it’s proof that social engagement has a positive impact on more than just the pleasantness from a single day’s interaction.

So the next time you have a bad day and think about the satisfaction and happiness you know you will derive from spending time with friends and being socially engaged, consider that your interactions with friends and even strangers (who could become friends!) actually improves your physical health as well, going far beyond just turning around a bad day. Spending time with friends can also lower your blood pressure and reduce inflammation in your body, which in turn reduces your risk of deadly conditions such as strokes and/or heart attacks.

Another benefit of social engagement is that you often pick up good habits from being around people whose company you enjoy. We hear about peer pressure and how sometimes bad behaviors are reinforced, but the opposite can also be true. When you are around good people, this can influence your own behaviors and help you to make better choices and grow as a person. As well, being around people boosts your mood which can sometimes help with acute instances of depression or feelings of melancholy. When you are having fun and are with people who genuinely enjoy your company, you feel more valued, fulfilled, and worthwhile.

Social engagement is so vitally important for your well being. The more you interact with people, the more you are boosting your mental, physical, and emotional health. Given how much stress can easily seep into our lives these days, it’s so helpful to know that just spending time with people can stave off feelings of depression, protect you from serious ailments, and keep you healthy without needing to resort to medicine or allot money to other health expenses.

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2 – Understanding Social Engagement

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Now that we were formally introduced one week ago http://jspring74.com/1-introduction, let’s begin our discussion. This week I will address, “Understanding Social Engagement”.

Understanding social engagement
No matter if you consider yourself an introvert or extrovert, social engagement is something that everyone needs to partake in. For some of us, social engagement is the act of going out on the weekends and hanging out with our friends. On the other hand, for others, it can simply be playing video games over the internet with friends and using a headset. Thanks to technology, many younger generations are finding social engagement on social networks while the older generations tend to stick to face-to-face engagements. No matter what type of social engagement you prefer, it’s something that each and everyone one of us must partake in, in order to keep our sanity.

Similarly to the types of engagement we individually prefer, there is also a variable amount of time that each and every one of us likes to participate in social engagement. For some, it can be dozens of hours per week and for others it can simply be an hour or 2 per week. No matter how you personally define social engagement, after reading this post, you’ll have a much better understanding on the subject.

Social Engagement: A Birds-Eye View
Because the term “social engagement” is such a broad topic, I’d like to break down a few important factors. Have you ever thought about where people socialize and why they do it there? Or have you ever asked yourself the question of why do people socialize in the first place? Let’s take a closer look at these questions individually:

Why Do People Socialize Where they Do?
Bars, festivals, traveling, live entertainment, parties, family events, or any other popular venue or forum are usually places for socialization. People tend to choose these places for many reasons including:

  • These locations/events are normally a neutral spot to meet up
  • There are no “hosts” that have to constantly worry about their guests 24/7
  • Other people provide food and drinks
  • There is a unique form of entertainment that appeals all of the guests

Why Do We Socialize In The First Place?
Simply put, socializing is part of being human. If you prefer small amounts of socialization, consider hanging out with a smaller group of friends. However, it’s clear that socialization is a large part of being human. Some people need to socialize to get through a problem or possibly receive help with something they’re dealing with. Being open with others and having a relationship with them is something that needs to be done in some fashion by every human being.

Conclusion
Social engagement is a very broad topic and every person on this planet defines it differently, but needs to partake in it in some fashion. There are literally endless options in regard to socializing, and it’s something that should not be ignored. All in all, social engagement is part of being human and it’s something that we all need within our lives.

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1 – Introduction

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About 9 years ago, I met a guy who was relatively new to Nashville from Florida/Canada/Jamaica. He said to me, “Nashville has so much potential for greatness beyond the Country scene. Why does it seem that this city isn’t abuzz for much other than the Country scene? Isn’t this supposed to be ‘Music City USA’? I mean, I’ve seen a few things here or there that’s different, but not much”. The truth behind his remarks and questions were quite embarrassing. You see, I’m a native resident of the Music City. And frankly, I felt offended after listening to his indirect inquiry of why a person of my presumed stature would remain in such a place. I knew his intentions were not to offend, but that didn’t make me feel any better. My reply to him; “well, there’s more going on here than meets the eye. You just have to be willing to embrace diversity.” He looked at me as if insulted and said, “Man, I’m from Florida/Canada/Jamaica and spent significant time in Alabama. I think I definitely qualify as one who embraces diversity”. I said, “That may be true of you, but that’s certainly not the case as it relates to the ‘would-be’ socialites in this town”. He then asked, “Well then, what’s the problem”? I stated, “I think the residents here have a restrictive mindset stemming from generations long before you and I were thought of. We know that we’ve grown considerably as a nation, but some regions are clearly much further ahead in their psychological development”. He replied, “So you’re saying that Nashville is a very racist place”? I said, “Racism exists everywhere, but I don’t see it as the mass reason for our local disconnect”. Personally, I believe racial relations have improved and are improving across the board. I don’t know that we will ever do away with it completely, but the efforts are there. I believe the larger communal issue centers on the displayed behaviors of elitism, anxiety and ignorance vs the smaller (though significant) levels of hate. Lest we forget, Nashville is also considered “The Buckle of The Bible Belt” as is explained within this URL: https://goo.gl/SSx82T. This fact has as much to do with area practices as any. He asked, “Well, why aren’t you fixing it? What needs to be done about it? Didn’t I just learn that you are a promoter? I gather now that you’re terming this problem as the ‘psychology of the community’. So what are you going to do about it”? I replied, “If I had the answer to that, Nashville would be much better and I’d likely be RICH”! That conversation reignited a spark within me; one that I hadn’t felt as strong since my 2nd year of college. It evoked desire and passion to do something about this undesirable truth. “How do you change the local psyche” became the question of the hour. I decided that for starters, a long-term resolution had to begin with conversation. But then the question became, “how do you get neighbors and strangers to converse”? Chief amongst my issues are the reasons/excuses people choose not to socially engage (ex., Age, Professional Perception, Family Responsibilities, Religious Interpretations, etc.). And then, it hit me: You find creative ways to inspire, promote and educate them on the necessities of social engagement. On many occasions, I’ve witnessed the concession that we don’t have many intelligent reasons to feel anxious around one another after healthy interaction. Most of our causes, desires and many of our beliefs are common/mutual or at least, respected. When that becomes understood, things like elitism and ignorance begin to dissipate. With that, I decided to do my part to answer the bell by bringing people together to Socially Engage in ways that I can. In an effort to encourage this interaction, my goal is to educate, inspire, entertain and persuade my audience to DESIRE ENGAGEMENT via a weekly blog. For starters, my requests of you are to Self-Evaluate Critically, subscribe at jspring74.com and WhiteList (add) info@jspring74.com (jspring74) in your email address book. Looking forward to having you Join The Conversation.