In order for a society to have a strong foundation and to stay intact, the ubiquitousness of pleasant and effective social interaction between the inhabitants is imperative. Our interactions not only fulfill our communication needs, but also enable us to carve out rules, regulations, laws, and institutions to live by. These social interactions also help in shaping up the culture, language and tradition at large. They can be verbal and nonverbal.

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Social interactions surround our behaviors and define our roles in the society. It also cultivates an environment conducive to mutual learning and growth. The phenomena of interaction begin from early childhood and lasts till death. A good interaction is also crucial for good mental and physical well-being. People who are more interactive and expressive are found to be happier and healthier than those who are least expressive and prefer to live in isolation. A strong social support system is also promoted by healthy interactions, which help in meeting one’s emotional and social needs. Our immune system becomes strong when we connect and share with our fellow beings.


Recent times are flooded by stress and negativity, affecting human health. A positive interaction provides us with moral support and encouragement to keep us going strong and facing the rough tides during our journey of life.

A frequent interaction is especially important for older people in keeping many adverse effects at bay. That is an age when, apart from physical comfort, a person needs social/emotional acceptance and acknowledgement from those around.

5 types of interaction include:

  • Exchange:

It is the most frequently observed type in our daily lives. When we meet/greet each other, we exchange pleasantries and kind words. Same is the case when we bid farewell to each other. A matter of equality is involved in case of exchange.

  • Cooperation:

Working together to achieve mutually defined goals is cooperation. We combine our strengths and compensate for each other’s weaknesses. Cooperation paves the way for team work and allows team members to achieve wonders.