Why Mental Health Is Important To Your Happiness

Your mental health matters. You matter.

Your mental health affects how we think and feel, it affects how we handle our day-to-day life, how we deal with people, and overcome obstacles.

Too often people do not talk about their anxiety, depressions, or addictions in fear of what others may think of them

For others, mental suffering has been a part of them for so long that it feels as normal as breathing. They live, bearing the pain silently not knowing that there is another way.

Learning how to heal or manage you’re your anxiety, depression could increase happiness by 20%

What is Mental Health?

Before you can start your journey in achieving happiness we first need to define what mental health is.

Your mental health is your well-being. How you feel about yourself, your life, and the relationships around you.

Examples of good mental health are

  • Living a life full of passion and purpose

  • Appreciation for what you have

  • Tools to be able to overcome the bad things in your life

  • Positive self-confidence and self-esteem

  • The ability to find joy and have fun in your life

3 ways how mental health affects your happiness

1. Feel good about yourself

You have an internal dialogue running constantly and depending on what that dialogue is telling you depends on how you feel about yourself. Changing that dialogue to be positive and encouraging instead of destructive will help you feel better about who you are

2. Courage to go after your goals

When you feel good about yourself, you have the courage to go after your goals and the tools to keep going when there are setbacks and obstacles. You are happier when you a living a life full of purpose, and your goals help you reach your best version of yourself.

3. Better relationships

When you feel good about yourself when you love yourself and believe in yourself you can be a better partner, parent, and friend. When you have self-esteem you are able to set boundaries, which leads to healthy relationships with those around you. When you are surrounded by healthy relationships, you can find more joy, trust more, and enjoy the simple pleasure of being in a community

5 ways to cultivate positive mental health

1. Feel grateful Gratitude practice feels like it has been a buzzword this year, but the practice is not new. You can find the origins of gratitude practice in most religions. A gratitude practice turns what we have and who we are into enough. It allows you to see the beauty and joy in what you already have around you. Using a journal like Happiness Growth Journal helps you incorporate a daily gratitude practice

2. Become mindful

When you practice mindfulness, you practice staying in the moment. Enjoying the people, event, or meal that is in front of you. Not remembering the past or planning. “If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” Lao Tzu

3. Get active Being physically active helps release hormones that help lower stress and make you feel better. Getting active always you to replace bad habits with good ones. Getting out for a walk in nature not only gets you moving but connects you with s