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How to Have Good Mental Health

How to Have Good Mental Health

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Mental health involve behaviors of coping, productivity, and quality connections with others. One need to have good mental health in order to live a good and healthy life.

Mental health involve behaviors of coping, productivity, and quality connections with others. One need to have good mental health in order to live a good and healthy life.

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Published by: Katrina Holgate Miller on Sep 09, 2010
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How to Have Good Mental Health?
By Katrina Holgate Miller, PhD
How to Have Good Mental Health I: What is GoodMental Health?
Let’s talk about your mental health.
 Note your initial reaction to that suggestion.What do you expect when someone wants totalk about your mental health? In our society, people often expect to hear some kind of criticism. The little man or woman insidemay be accusing me of thinking you arecrazy.Pay attention—I want to talk about your mental health —your mental and emotional assets. I believe that discussions aboutanything “mental” in our society should begin with assets—so that all parties come tothe table with the understanding that people are not labels. Any person, who has ever had a condition such as depression, bipolar, anxiety, schizophrenia etc., must separatethe diagnosis from their definition of themselves.
So what is mental health?
This question has been a question of hot debate since people began thinking abouttheir thinking. In the past, mental health, as well as health in general, was defined asthe absence of a disease or illness. This definition would define someone who spendstheir day doing nothing more than watching television as “mentally healthy” whenthey have the capacity to do much more.Current definitions of mental health involve behaviors of coping, productivity, andquality connections with others.
1. The World Health Organization definition (World Health Organization 2007):
“A state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, cancope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is ableto make a contribution to his or her community.”
2. The Surgeon General of the United States definition (Department of Health and  Human Services 1999):
“The successful performance of mental function, resulting in productive activities, fulfilling relationships with other people, and the ability to adapt to change and copewith adversity.”
What Can Mental Health Do?
Though mental health and health both involve our body, “mental health” generallyrefers to the effective functioning of our thoughts, moods, and behaviors (PublicHealth Service 2001). Effective thoughts, moods, and behaviors lead us to take care of ourselves, physically and mentally. We pay attention to what we eat, how we feel,how we interact. We are able to detect when something is “off” and make thenecessary adjustments. We help build a world that facilitates the health and mentalhealth of others.Mental health is the foundation of our health. “There is no health without mentalhealth” (World Health Organization2007).
Do I Have Mental Health?
Everybody has mental health—thoughts, moods, and behaviors that work. Theanswers to the following questions can help you identify the mental health you possess:
What mental processes and behaviors can help me “keep going” every day, aswell as during times of crisis?
How can I mobilize my effective mental processes and behaviors to recover from illness?
How can I use my effective mental processes and behaviors to have a moreabundant life?
Do You Want to Know More?
Stay tuned toMoxie Mental Health, where stories of how real people havetransformed themselves, their families, and the world around them are posted threetimes weekly: Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday.The next blog will discuss research from the field of Positive Psychology that hasidentified and classified specific mental strengths. The blog will help you identifyseveral specific mental strengths that you own. Your strengths can be your means of encountering the difficulties you face with spirit and courage—enabling you toemerge from the fire as a grander, more magnificent person.Katrina
Works Cited 
Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Surgeon General.“Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General.” 1999.http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/home.html(accessedJanuary 26, 2010).
Public Health Service. Mental Health: A Report of the Surgeon General. 2001.www.surgeongeneral.gov (accessed January 20, 2010).

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