Healthy living has been defined as “the process of maintaining health by avoiding disease”. Health is a state of good physical, mental and emotional well being where illness and infirmity are present. This is not only the sum total of life in terms of our bodies but also a state of mind. People who live a healthy life have good relationships with each other, are generally happy and they always seem to have something better going on than usual. People who are physically healthy also tend to perform their tasks well and have a good sense of self-worth.
To be healthy requires us to have a good relationship with ourselves and with others. Healthy relationships are built through healthy interaction. In fact healthy relationships are actually the best kind of relationship because they foster healthy communication between partners which in turn promotes healthy interactions among the other members of a household and around the community.
Therefore, we have to have a good relationship with ourselves because it is this healthy relationship that will help us build a healthy community. A healthy community requires healthy people, healthy relationships and healthy interaction among them.
For instance, if one member of the community is ill and another member of the community is constantly complaining about his or her illness, this is bound to have negative and not to say negative but negative and hurtful interactions. On the other hand, a healthy person is one who has positive interactions with people and who does not take anything personally and who also gives his or her full attention to another person in the same way that a parent would to their child. Healthy people are also more relaxed and thus tend to make other members of the community feel relaxed as well.
Having positive interactions with one’s self also helps to prevent depression. It is believed that people with a healthy self-image are happier than those with negative self-images.
Healthy living therefore is the key to having healthy relationships, good health, and healthy communities. If one wants to have a healthy life then the first thing one should do is to have a good relationship with oneself and with others and then look out for the need of healthy relationships in the community.
It is true that healthy relationships are built through healthy interaction, but there is a way through which healthy relationships are built even before healthy interaction is started. That is, healthy relationships can be built even before a healthy individual interacts with another person.
Healthy relationships can be built even before a person starts having any healthy relationships with the community or with anyone else. This is because healthy relationships can be built just by being in close contact with each other, just being around others, being one another’s friend, and being like one another.