Have you ever noticed the positive atmosphere in Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center? I don’t just mean the smiles and friendly gestures. Seeing people feeling good at a skilled nursing facility should be standard.
I’m referring to the feeling you get when you exchange pleasantries with our wonderful residents. You get the feeling that they’re authentically doing and feeling great from an emotional standpoint too.
Well there might just be a scientific theory that can explain it.
In 2000, researchers Mark Leary and Roy Baumeister published a paper on the sociometer theory.1 They argued that self-esteem is a social meter, which indicates how well we are managing socially. It’s pretty simple. When our social relationships are satisfying, we feel good about ourselves. When we don’t feel good about ourselves, something may be lacking in our social world.
So, the confidence and self-esteem you see in our residents may just be them letting you know that they’re getting their social needs met.
Then again, for anyone familiar with Elmwood Hills Healthcare Center and the emphasis we place on social connection, this may not come as a surprise to you.
Have you ever noticed others feeling good at a skilled nursing facility before?
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1 Leary, M. R., & Baumeister, R. F. (2000). The nature and function of self-esteem: Sociometer theory. (M. P. Zanna, Ed.) Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, 32, 1-62.