How do you define emotional health?
Everyone knows how to define physical health: it’s when your body works to its full potential, without being restricted by illness or disease. But how do you define emotional health?
Emotional health is not the same as mental health. Most people can recognize signs of mental health problems, such as depression or obsessive-compulsive behavior. But emotional health is about more than the way that your mind works. It’s about the way that you respond and react to the world, to other people, and to what’s going on inside your head. It’s a broad topic, but there are some basic, must-know signs of emotional good health.
Emotionally healthy people understand and own their feelings
A key characteristic of emotional health is recognizing your own feelings, of being able to say “I’m angry”, “I’m pleased for you” or “I’m jealous”, and knowing that it’s OK to feel that way, and to express it appropriately. People who can recognize and own their feelings are in good emotional health.
Emotionally healthy people are easy to befriend
Because emotionally healthy people are in touch with their own feelings, they are more able to display empathy towards others. They genuinely understand how you feel. And that makes them great to have as friends and confidantes. On the other hand, the person who isn’t in touch with their own feelings is often the one with whom the conversation gets stuck in an awkward silence.
Emotionally healthy people react proportionately