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The Forwardly Five: July

#1. This month.

July is Social Wellness Month - a time to focus on healthy social interactions and relationships to promote mental health and well-being. Cheers to that!


#2. This research.

Research from Better Help shows that having high-quality relationships offers significant health benefits, including:

  • Improved physical health

  • Enhanced feelings of belonging

  • Reduced risk of depression and anxiety

  • Greater resilience to stressful situations

It’s no wonder Harvard’s 80+ year study found the #1 key to a good life to be relationships!


#3. This quote.

Speaking of resilience, Kevin Costner is moving it forward(ly). In a recent interview with CBS’s Gayle King, he shared how he's coping with his recent divorce. Kevin described the experience as a 'crushing moment' and admitted:

"It’s powerful. It hurt... but I go forward. I have no choice — my children are looking at me. So, I can't wilt like a daisy; I have to keep moving forward."


#4. This book.

There are many great new books about the power of relationships. Supercommunicators, How to Unlock the Secret Language of Connection by New York Times bestselling author of The Power of Habit, is on our nightstands.

This quote resonates: “So, to become a supercommunicator, all we need to do is listen closely to what’s said and unsaid, ask the right questions, recognize and match others’ moods, and make our own feelings easy for others to perceive. Simple, right? Well, no, of course not.”

― Charles Duhigg


#5. This study.

The 2024 SHRM Employee Benefits survey findings signal that employers are adapting to evolving employee expectations while also choosing empathetic and out-of-the-box ways to stand out among the competition.

Relationship support benefits like Forwardly fall squarely into that category. If you’re interested in learning more about integrating social wellness into your 2025 Benefits plan, contact us about your social wellbeing plan and we'll explore solutions together.


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