The Mental Workout: 5 Traits of Emotional Fitness

One of the most lifesaving tasks you can do to maintain good health is to incorporate emotional fitness into your daily routine. Studies show that people who are emotionally healthy are more probable to live longer. Among other studies, a 2019 JAMA Network Open study found that among a group of nearly 7,000 adults over age 50, those who scored highest on a scale that measured "life purpose" were less likely to die during the four-year study period. They were also less likely to die during the same period from heart, circulatory, or blood conditions, compared with those who scored lower. Being emotionally active helps prevent or delay chronic diseases and illnesses linked with aging.

Emotional fitness is a modifiable risk factor which means it affects your life and it can be adjusted at any rate and any time depending on personal desire. Therefore, the role of modifying emotional fitness to improve your quality of life should be consistently evaluated for health outcomes, including mortality. So, what is emotional fitness? To be emotionally fit is to create a positive, balanced experience actively and intentionally within yourself.

Repeat after me: Everything starts with ME!!! Being emotionally fit does not mean every day will be sunshine. You will not always feel happy. Sometimes in life, oftentimes in life, bad things happen. Being emotionally fit does not mean ignoring negative situations and feelings. Emotional fitness means that you are aware of all your emotions, accept the good and the bad, and you are in the process of building retention in your emotional muscles that will assist in maintaining a healthy outlook towards all that occurs with this thing called life.