People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and their behaviour. They are able to handle life\u2019s inevitable challenges, build strong relationships, and lead productive, fulfilling lives. When bad things happen, they\u2019re able to bounce back and move on. Mental or emotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties. Good mental health isn\u2019t just the absence of mental health problems. Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental and emotional health refers to the presence of positive characteristics. People who are mentally and emotionally healthy have: \tA sense of contentment. \tA zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun. \tThe ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity. \tA sense of meaning and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships. \tThe flexibility to learn new things and adapt to change. \tA balance between work and play, rest and activity, etc. \tThe ability to build and maintain fulfilling relationships. \tSelf-confidence and high self-esteem. These positive characteristics of mental and emotional health allow you to participate in life to the fullest extent possible through productive, meaningful activities and strong relationships. These positive characteristics also help you cope when faced with life\u2019s challenges and stresses. The role of resilience Being emotionally and mentally healthy doesn\u2019t mean never going through bad times or experiencing emotional problems. We all go through disappointments, loss, and change. And while these are normal parts of life, they can still cause sadness, anxiety, and stress. The difference is that people with good emotional health have an ability to bounce back from adversity, trauma, and stress. This ability is called resilience. People who are emotionally and mentally healthy have the tools for coping with difficult situations and maintaining a positive outlook. They remain focused, flexible, and creative in bad times as well as good. One of the key factors in resilience is the ability to balance your emotions. The capacity to recognize your emotions and express them appropriately helps you avoid getting stuck in depression, anxiety, or other negative mood states. Another key factor is having a strong support network. Having trusted people you can turn to for encouragement and support will boost your resilience in tough times. Building your resilience Resilience involves maintaining flexibility and balance in your life as you deal with stressful circumstances and traumatic events. This happens in several ways, including: \tLetting yourself experience strong emotions, and also realizing when you may need to avoid experiencing them at times in order to continue functioning \tStepping forward and taking action to deal with your problems and meet the demands of daily living, and also stepping back to rest and re-energize yourself \tSpending time with loved ones to gain support and encouragement, and also nurturing yourself \tRelying on others, and also relying on yourself Too many people take their mental and emotional health for granted \u2014 focusing on it only when they develop problems. But just as it requires effort to build or maintain physical health, so it is with mental and emotional health. The more time and energy you invest in your emotional health, the stronger it will be. The good news is: You\u2019re worth it.