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Have you ever wondered if you are really emotionally healthy, or if others are healthier than you? It’s easy to question yourself and your emotional well-being, but psychologists have identified 7 signs of emotional wellness that might give you some answers.
1. You Treat Others Well
This trait is known as prosociality, and it is a sign that you are sensitive to the feelings of others and are willing to help them when needed.
2. You Like Yourself
Emotionally healthy people have good self-esteem and accept themselves for who they are. They’re also congruent, which means their public persona reflects who they really are on the inside. It’s the opposite of those who feel like they cannot be themselves around others.
3. You’re Flexible and Can Adapt to New Situations
An emotionally healthy person is able to assess a situation mindfully, which means they take into account their surroundings, their feelings and the feelings of others before they make a decision. This allows them to adapt to new situations and know when they should – or should not – act.
4. You Appreciate Your Loved Ones
Emotionally healthy people find it very easy to feel and express gratitude for their loved ones. They look at their lives with gratitude for what they have instead of disappointment for what they lack.
5. You Embrace Your Emotions
Another sign of emotional wellness is the ability to embrace and accept emotions. This means being able to accept feelings of anger, fear and sadness without being overwhelmed by them. An emotionally healthy person can express these negative feelings in a healthy manner and accept them as a part of life.
6. Your Life Has Meaning
Having a meaningful life means having a passion and doing something you believe in. This can mean volunteering in your community, being active within your religious group or competing in special events for a good cause.
7. You Put More Value on Experiences Rather than Possessions
The last and most important of the 7 signs of emotional wellness is putting more value in experiences and self-fulfillment than possessions. Those who value wealth, material possessions and their own attractiveness tend to be less emotionally healthy than those who are happy with relatively little. It’s okay to want nice things and have a successful career, but those shouldn’t be as important as spending time with your loved ones and helping others.