“There are certain things you can control and certain things you can’t control, and you must know the difference.” —Epictetus
These days I’m very passionate about the interplay between mental immunity and subjective well-being and the profound impact upon our psychological resilience, our overall sense of contentment, and life satisfaction.
Subjective well-being encompasses our perceptions about our life quality, cognitive evaluations of life satisfaction, the presence of positive emotions, and the absence of negative emotions. Mental immunity, on the other hand, acts as a foundational pillar supporting an individual’s capacity to navigate life’s challenges, setbacks, and stressors. The link between these two concepts is undeniable, as a fortified mental immune system provides a buffer against the detrimental effects of stress, fostering emotional balance, adaptive coping strategies, and a positive outlook. The synergistic relationship between mental immunity and subjective well-being highlights the pivotal role of psychological resilience in shaping one’s overall happiness and life satisfaction.
Given the vast amount of information that is manufactured and distributed each day, it is challenging to discern between reality and alternative facts. Our brains are overloaded with data making it very difficult to tease out the truth. Our ability to discern truth from a barrage of information is critical, not only for informed decision-making, but also for our mental well-being. A society well-equipped with critical thinking skills can navigate the complex information landscape more effectively, fostering a more informed and resilient community. Adapting and enhancing these strategies is crucial for us to protect ourselves and society from the pitfalls of misinformation and disinformation.
Bad information, untruths, and alternative facts detrimentally impact our individual and collective well-being in various ways:
In essence, misinformation and disinformation not only distort reality and hinder the ability to make informed decisions but also have a substantial impact on our mental and emotional well-being. They corrode trust, fuel division, and contribute to a society where factual truth becomes elusive, affecting our overall quality of life.
The profound correlation between mental immunity and subjective well-being emphasizes that in our ever-evolving world, where uncertainties and challenges abound, fostering mental immunity emerges as a paramount endeavor for securing a brighter, more fulfilling future. Resilience is a powerful force in shaping our happiness and contentment. By consciously investing in practices that fortify our mental immune system—nurturing emotional regulation, cultivating optimism, and fostering adaptability—we pave the way for a more resilient and satisfying existence. As we navigate the complexities of life, the fortification of our mental resilience becomes not just a shield against adversity but a key to unlocking a happier, purposeful, and fulfilling life.
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Lisa Cypers Kamen is a lifestyle management consultant who explores the art and science of happiness in her work as a speaker, author, and happiness expert. Through her globally syndicated positive psychology podcast, books, media appearances, and documentary film, Kamen has impacted millions of people around the world.
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