Cultural Wellness

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   A culture has a set of common values. Values are the foundation of the culture. Values give the culture an overarching purpose and guide as to how each member acts and behaves in different situations. The Health Guardian must be aware of these cultural values, recognize the impact they have on health and overall wellness. The Health Guardian contributes to cultural values for positive change, endure existing values and the resulting health impact, or become isolated from that culture.

   Each culture also has a set of norms. Norms are the spoken and unspoken rules of how the culture operates; they represent your values in action. Norms guide how members interact with one another and with the outside world. Examples of cultural norms include things like how members resolve conflict (yelling? - passive-aggressiveness? - calm, assertive discussion?) and how or if members help out outside of official expectations. Norms are conveyed both by example and by intentional instruction.

   Rituals/Traditions are also part of culture. They are a set of behaviors and routines that provide members with a sense of identity and purpose. They provide cohesion to the group and connection to other members. Rituals and traditions can be big things like meetups, outings, events, or special activities around holidays, but they can also be small things like dinners or game nights. This also includes rites of passage for members as they go through various stages of cultural acceptance.

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