Life is a roller coaster of emotions. There are so many ups and downs, peaks and valleys, that it can be hard to stay positive and forge ahead. But there are some core beliefs that emotionally healthy people hold, and working on them could be very beneficial to your life overall.
These observations come to us from psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendrikson, who saw these patterns in people who she believes are emotionally healthy.
Let’s take a look at the 7 things that emotionally healthy people tend to believe.
1. “I can stay the course.”
It’s important to stick to a plan and to be confident in your ability to stick to that plan.
It could be exercise, it could be work-related, but resisting short-term satisfaction is the first step in realizing your goals and making it happen.
2. “I can do things I don’t feel like doing.”
We all have to do things we don’t want to do sometimes. “Mood-independent behavior” basically means wanting to do something, but not feeling like actually doing it.
Just do it, because your mood usually catches up with you once you actually start doing whatever that thing is. And even if your mood doesn’t catch up, you did it!
3. “I can roll with the punches.”
It’s important to be flexible in all aspects of life. Work, school, friendships, relationships. You’re always going to have obstacles put in front of them, so it’s crucial how you react to them.
Do you adapt and figure it out or do you give up? I think you know what emotionally happy people do…
4. “Everyone deserves to be treated with respect.”
Hopefully, you were raised to think this way and believe it deep down in your soul. But not all of us grew up with great parents or role models.
Either way, this is a creed you should live by no matter what, and it will help you be a happy and healthy person if you truly believe that every single person deserves the exact same amount of respect.
5. “I can laugh at myself.”
It’s okay to make mistakes. It’s okay to be the butt of a joke sometimes. The way you react to adversity will go a long way in how you feel about yourself and your life.
Take it all in stride!
6. “I am capable.”
It’s easy to get down on ourselves when the bad news piles up and things don’t go our way. You feel like the world is against you and that things won’t turn around.
Be confident and tell yourself that you are resilient and you will overcome whatever obstacles are put in your way to reach your goals.
You can do it! Just believe in yourself.
7. “I can love and I am capable of love.”
This can be a really hard one for a lot of people, but we all have it in us to realize that we can love and are worthy of love. You’d be surprised how far this can go in allowing you to connect with other people and be happier overall in life.
Remember: we’re all works in progress and nobody’s perfect! So don’t beat yourself up as you try to improve your life!
Do you have any tips you use in your life to be emotionally healthy? Let us know in the comments!