We often find ourselves asking what makes a good life? Can we become better people or improve the quality of our relationships? Can we find more meaning in the things we do every day? Can we become healthier?
Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness – it can be understood as the ability to live with a positive sense of well-being, to enjoy life, to be able to deal with challenges, realizing one’s own potential, working productively and fruitfully, and being able to contribute to the society. Well-being also includes the feeling of belonging at yet at the same time being independent. These definitions may vary from person to person and for each individual some aspects of their mental health may be more important than the others. Let us look at Meer’s story –
Meer is a 30-year old married woman who has a young child and she makes a living out of teaching tuitions. She has a fixed schedule for every single day which repeats day in and day out. While she does not have any major concerns about her lifestyle, she finds herself feeling empty on a lot of days.
From Meer’s story we can see that she might be feeling this way because she feels her full potential is not being realized or because she is not able to experience a sense of belonging with those around her.
It is also important to remember that people with symptoms of a mental health condition can experience well-being just as much as those without symptoms of a mental health condition can experience poor mental health.
Psychological well-being – Ryff Scale
Personality Test – MBTI
What makes a good life? Lessons from the longest study on happiness | Robert Waldinger
How to Lose Your Self Esteem | Dr. Matthew Whoolery https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjjPce_SbUA