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What Is Good Emotional Health?

Updated on December 21, 2017
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Emotional Health and Physical Health

Emotional health has to do with having a positive state of well-being in which a person is able to meet the demands that happen in everyday life. An emotionally healthy person is able to function in both positive and negative situations. Emotional health is as important as physical health.

We know when someone is physically healthy, they are fit and trim, and there are measurable numbers such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels, etc., that signify that their immune system is good.

Emotional health is harder to measure. People who are emotionally healthy are self-aware and conscientious about their thoughts, their feelings, and their behaviors. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships. Stress and personal issues are a normal aspect of life and are emotionally healthy.

Emotionally healthy people have good coping skills to deal with the adversities that come along. Emotional health is not related to being happy all the time. It is connected to being self-aware about your own feelings, and how good they feel about themselves and their relationships.

Our emotional health affects our physical health. Research has shown there is a link between having an upbeat mental attitude and being in good physical health. Good emotional health is related to lower blood pressure, being fit, and having a reduced risk of heart disease and other illnesses. Our physical health affects our emotional health. When we are in good physical health, we feel better emotionally.

Emotional Health and Happiness

People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behavior. As challenges come along, emotionally healthy people are able to keep their problems in perspective and can bounce back from the difficulties they are dealing with.

Emotionally healthy people may not be happy all the time, but they are aware of their positive and negative emotions, and they accept and deal with them. Emotionally healthy people feel and manage their stress, sadness, and anger. They know when they feel overwhelmed, and they know when to seek help.

Emotional health, unlike physical health, has no real measurable tests to show when something is wrong. Rather, emotional health is a skill, and by improving your emotional health you can be happy.

Emotional health is as important as physical health. Emotionally healthy people can realize their full potential, they work productively, work well with other people, are able to contribute to others, and cope with stresses and difficulties that occur.

How we think influences how we feel.
How we think influences how we feel.

Psychology and Emotions

The field of psychology is concerned with emotions, attitudes, behaviors, and the study of the human mind, body, and behavior.

Good emotional health can lead to successful and satisfying relationships, work, and careers, physical health, and a general feeling of well being.

Emotional well being is often measured by self-reporting about the quality of life in regard to:

  • Happiness
  • Respect
  • Anxiety
  • Stress levels
  • Are you thriving, struggling, suffering?
  • Do you have a good work environment, e.g., job satisfaction
  • Physical well being: proper weight, feeling well rested, good physical shape
  • Healthy behaviors: non-smoker, no substance abuse, healthy eating, exercise
  • Access to medicine, clean water, food, shelter, healthcare

“Emotions are not problems to be solved. They are signals to be interpreted.”

― Vironika Tugaleva

Ways to Improve Mental Health

People can have emotional problems and mental illness and still have good emotional health. There are physical causes of mental illness, such as a chemical imbalance in the brain. Stress and pressure, work, family, school, money problems, and other issues can trigger mental illness and make it worse. With counseling, medicines, and support groups, people with emotional difficulties can get treatment.

Emotional health can also be improved and maintained by:

  • Being self-aware about your feelings. Note when you feel sad, angry, frustrated, tense. By acknowledging, accepting, and addressing these feelings, you can change how you feel.

  • When you feel bothered by things, you can express your feelings in appropriate ways.

  • Talk to people who are close and supportive of you and let them know how you are feeling. When you keep your feelings of anger and sadness suppressed, it causes them to get bottled up eventually erupt, sometimes inappropriately. When you keep your feelings inside, you also will feel more stress, and this can cause relationship problems, issues at work, school, and in other situations. It is important to express your feelings in appropriate ways.

  • Think before you act. Our emotions are extremely powerful. When you give yourself time to think, to be calm, and to accurately assess the situation, you will handle what comes your way better and with fewer regrets.

  • Stress happens to everyone. How you manage your stress starts with changing situations that cause you stress. Learning to relax is important to coping with stress.

  • Deep breathing, meditation, and exercise are ways to relieve tension and learning to relax.

  • Balance in all things is the basis for good health, physically and emotionally. Make the time to have fun, to be active, to rest in between work and other responsibilities.

  • Focus on positive things.

  • Make time for the things you enjoy.

  • Physical health through regular exercise, eating properly, getting enough sleep, and not abusing drugs and alcohol, adds to good emotional health.

  • Social contact is important to our emotional well being. Positive social connections, and connecting to others is good for your mental health.

  • Know what is important to you. Find purpose and meaning in the things you do. Focus on the things that mean something to you. You can find it in your relationships, in your work, in volunteering, in caregiving, and in many other things you do.

  • Keep positive. Focus on the good things you have. Appreciate what you can.
  • Forgive yourself for your mistakes.
  • Surround yourself with supportive, positive, and other emotionally healthy people.

Emotional Health and Emotions

We can sense the emotions of others. Emotions also tell us how other people are experiencing the situation. Emotionally healthy people can more accurately pick up what other people are feeling.

People who are emotionally healthy show resilience in difficult situations and can monitor and control their emotions and behaviors. With good emotional health, comes strong and lasting relationships. For good emotional health, it is important to have positive emotions.

People who are thought to have good emotional health have these characteristics:

  • contentment
  • ability to deal with stress and adversity
  • a zest for life
  • a sense of meaning and purpose in the things they do
  • adaptability and flexibility to adjust to situations as they arise
  • a balance between work and fun
  • the ability to create and maintain relationships
  • high self-esteem and self-confidence
  • self acceptance

Good emotional health comes from having an optimistic attitude, but it is more than that. It also comes from understanding yourself and what truly makes you a happier person.

Emotionally healthy people understand that it is ok to experience negative emotions. How someone reacts to the situations is key to good emotional health. Do you blame other people for how you feel? Do you automatically react to situations mindlessly?

Emotional awareness is key to being emotionally healthy. There is also a difference between emotional health and mental health. Emotional health can be achieved through positive psychology. Mental health may need to be achieved with the help of medications and interventions in addition to counseling and therapy.

Practice emotional freedom.
Practice emotional freedom.

Keeping in Good Emotional Shape

It is important to good care of yourself physically and emotionally. Emotional health is integral to greater physical health and better mental health.

Life is full of the unexpected, both good and bad. We deal with pressures and stress on a moment-by-moment basis. Every choice we make, every situation we encounter, every thought we have affects how we feel and what we do.

One of the most important aspects which affect emotional health has to do with the choices a person makes and how an individual takes control over the issues they have to deal with.

You have choices about sleep, exercise, the foods you eat, and these have a direct impact on your emotional state and emotional health. Your state of mind is affected by your thoughts and feelings. Being proactive, addressing mental health and physical problems, can keep your mind in better condition. When thoughts and feelings overwhelm us, it is important to pay attention to yourself. Feelings such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, addiction, eating disorders, and more, all make it more difficult to function well and be our best. By addressing the matters in your mind, you will find the problems are treatable, and getting help will allow you to feel better and function better. As you move forward, your progress will enhance your feelings of well being.

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    • toknowinfo profile imageAUTHOR


      18 months ago

      Hi Denise,

      So well said! It is so nice to see you again. Thanks for stopping by. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Fantastic New Year

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      Denise W Anderson 

      18 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Emotional health is the glue that holds our lives together. It affects everything we do, and makes a big difference as to whether we "make it" or "break it!"


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