Mental wellbeing —the key to happiness
Our mental wellbeing is strongly linked to happiness and life satisfaction. Cultivating happiness is one element of mental wellbeing. However it’s also about being confident, connecting with people, virtual or otherwise, living and working productively, coping with stress and being able to manage change.
The truth is that anyone can experience emotional health problems – and over a lifetime most of us will. Despite how common they are, many of us have our efforts focused elsewhere. We often ignore the emotional messages and hope that situations will improve on their own. Just as it requires effort to build and maintain physical health, the same applies to our mental health.
Every aspect of our life influences our state of wellbeing, all interacting and overlapping with each other. With so many factors influencing our emotional wellbeing, it means we have to work harder in making ‘me’ a priority. Perhaps that’s why optimists, some research suggests, live longer than pessimists. Another persuasive argument for seeking a positive attitude to life!
According to NHS UK, the best way to improve your self-esteem is to treat yourself as you’d treat a valued friend, in a positive but honest way.¹