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What does positive mental health mean to you?

Asked by confuzzlement (274 points ) November 17th, 2011

I was asked this question in school a while ago, but I couldn’t find an answer.
I have OCD ect… So I don’t think I’ve ever experienced this “positive mental health”
I’d just like your views and opinions on it. :)

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blueiiznh's avatar

To me it is positive psychological wellness. It’s the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.

It allows you to be flexible in the face of change or adversity.
In general a sense of happiness and ability to laugh and have fun.
It allows you to feel more purpose in relationships and things you do.

A truly great thing to have or work towards.

confuzzlement's avatar

Wow, nice answer!
It’s clear the I have not experienced this yet in my whole life. And probably never will. But yano, life goes on.

Keep_on_running's avatar

I’m like you @confuzzlement. I guess it means you are genuinely happy and have the ability to come out of a negative situation with a positive attitude. It’s just so hard for some people, if you have had a traumatic upbringing or a very stressful, difficult life, it can be hard to attain positive mental health.

Foolaholic's avatar

First of all, I think you’re using “positive” a little too authoritatively. What is positive or not is in the eye of the beholder. I mean, I would say anyone who doesn’t give into that little voice in the back of their head telling them to burn something down is experiencing “positive” mental health.

So you’ve got an OCD, big deal. Does it mean that you’re not “normal”? The answer doesn’t matter, because normalcy is a myth. What does matter, as @blueiiznh so eloquently said, is satisfaction in what you have. If you want for a sense of normalcy that you’re ODC won’t allow you to have, then you may well miss out on those things that you can take comfort in. Don’t let it fool you into thinking that it’s keeping you from a secret that everyone else is in on.

And just because you’re not satisfied or happy with where you’re at doesn’t mean you’re unwell. A push for positivity might be as simple as a change of scenery

flutherother's avatar

What it means to me is not thinking about mental health. I am what I am.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I can’t say any better than @blueiiznh did up there.

confuzzlement's avatar

@Foolaholic
Thats why It was phrased. “what does positive mental health mean to YOU?”

AnonymousWoman's avatar

I think a person has positive mental health when he or she does not beat himself or herself up constantly in his or her mind… when he or she does not feel down about himself or herself constantly. I’ll use the name “Jill” to explain my answer further so that I can do away with this he or she stuff.

Jill has a healthy outlook on life. She feels good about herself. She doesn’t punish herself for everything that goes wrong in her life. She accepts that she makes mistakes and she learns from them. She accepts compliments when she gets them graciously. She is appreciative. She is a very grateful person. She cares about her health and that is a priority to her. She also cares about her family and her friends. She works first and plays later. She takes care of her body. She doesn’t ignore her needs. She may care about others, but she does not forget about herself in the process.

Jill’s mental health, in my opinion, is quite healthy!

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