Social skills

Social skills is an enabler for social experience. Social experience is essential for well-being for everyone, ranging from childhood through older adults[6][7]. Children with strong social skills in kindergarten are more likely to thrive as adults[1]. Socializing helps to exercise the mind[10]. Socializing is linked to higher quality of life[9][11][12]. Having regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier[5][8].

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I talk with people outside of my inner circle.
I give and take advice.
I draw people into conversations.
I share stories.
I keep my self up-to-date on news, politics etc. to be able to do smalltalk.
I ask questions in order to get to know others.
I avoid bragging and just talking about myself.
I am polite and friendly.
I introduce myself and others.
I have good manners and etiquette.
I join a conversation smoothly. I don't disrupt conversations or interrupt.
I reflect content and feelings of others in conversations.
I maintain appropriate eye contact.
I am relaxed and keep and open posture in conversations.
I am clean and neat in appearance, appropriate to situation.
My voice volume and tempo is appropriate.
I am able to keep the conversation going.
I don't criticize, judge, evaluate or dominate in conversations.
I avoid inappropriate touching of others.
I don't raise my voice or get angry if I disagree in conversations.
I receive compliments without discounting them.
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      Research
      • [1] Damon E. Jones, Mark Greenberg, and Max Crowley. Early Social-Emotional Functioning and Public Health: The Relationship Between Kindergarten Social Competence and Future Wellness. American Journal of Public Health: November 2015, Vol. 105, No. 11, pp. 2283-2290. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2015.302630 View
      • [5] Negative social interactions and incident hypertension among older adults. RS Sneed, S Cohen Health psychology 33 (6), 554 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24884909
      • [6] Salovey, P., Detweiler, J. B., Steward, W. T., & Rothman, A. J. (2000). Emotional states and physical health. American Psychologist, 55, 110-121.
      • [7] Cohen, S., & Willis, T. A. (1985). Stress, social support, and the buffering hypothesis. Psychological Bulletin, 98, 310-357.
      • [8] Valerie C. Crooks, James Lubben, Diana B. Petitti, Deborah Little, and Vicki Chiu. Social Network, Cognitive Function, and Dementia Incidence Among Elderly Women. American Journal of Public Health: July 2008, Vol. 98, No. 7, pp. 1221-1227. View
      • [9] Kerse N, Hayman KJ, Moyes SA, Peri K, Robinson E, Dowell A, Kolt GS, Elley CR, Hatcher S, Kiata L, Wiles J, Keeling S, Parsons J, Arroll B: Home-based activity program for older people with depressive symptoms: DeLLITE - a randomized controlled trial. Ann Fam Med. 2010, 8: 214-223. 10.1370/afm.1093. View
      • [10] Ybarra, O. Burnstein, E., Winkielman, P., Keller, M.C., Manis, M., Chan, E., & Rodriguez, J. (2008). Mental exercising through simple socializing: Social interaction promotes general cognitive functioning. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 34, 248-259. View
      • [11] Jacqui Smith, Lindsay Ryan, Tara Queen, Sandra Becker, and Richard Gonzalez, “Snapshots of Mixtures of Affective Experiences in a Day: Findings From the Health and Retirement Study,” Population Ageing 7, no. 1 (2014): 55-79.
      • [12] Kheiraoui F, Gualano MR, Mannocci A, Boccia A, La Torre G. Quality of life among healthcare workers: A multicenter cross-sectional study in Italy. Public Health. 2012 Jul; 126(7):624-9 View
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