Feeling GOOD. Isn’t That the Crux of it All?

It was a fairly simple Facebook status update: “Feeling GOOD. Isn’t that the crux of it all?” It’s the kind of social media status one could easily overlook, but it leaped off the screen and straight to my heart. That’s because I knew exactly what she meant. I felt her exuberance in my bones. It’s not just that she was feeling good, but that she had a heightened awareness of what it means to feel good. It was a statement of appreciation for the simple joy of feeling healthy, or at least healthier than she had in awhile.

There are degrees of feeling good, especially if you have a chronic health condition or serious illness. You can have a few aches and pains and still feel good. You can have a leg that doesn’t work and still feel good. Good enough to notice, feel grateful, and proclaim it to the world.

Jen Gerics and I have something in common. We both have relapsing/remitting multiple sclerosis (MS). That means we have periods of disease activity followed by periods of remission. I’ve been relapse-free for almost four years now, but Jen recently had a major attack, which was finally waning, prompting her public declaration about feeling good.

In our reality, feeling good is a relative thing, but we’re mindful of the experience. We take pleasure in our physical actions. “Know why I’m skipping?” I called to my husband one day. “Because I can!”

The mind/body connection is a powerful thing. Just as our frame of mind can affect our health, so can our health affect our frame of mind. When you feel lousy, you can’t help but be aware of it, and most of us don’t hesitate to complain. On days when you feel healthy, you probably don’t give it as much thought, but you should. Jen puts it this way:

“I just said it because I am feeling physically well again and that leads to feeling mentally well, too (for me). And it’s the core of all wellbeing, I think. It starts with feeling able to take on the day.”

When you get up tomorrow morning, consider how you feel. Despite any physical complaints you may have, are you feeling able to take on the day? If so, that’s a noteworthy thing. Say it out loud. Let the feeling sink in to your very core. Be mindful of your good health and ability to take on the day.

Most days, I feel good. And like Jen, I’m darned grateful. How about you?

Related Reading
Looking Good: Invisible Symptoms of MS (video)
Benefits of Green Exercise
The Big Impact of Small Acts of Kindness
No More Secs! Living, Laughing & Loving Despite Multiple Sclerosis (book)

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Maria S.
Maria Stenvinkel4 years ago

I couldn't agree more!

Happiness is the purpose of everything we do in my opinion. Getting an education, making money, going to the gym - it all comes down to the desire of wanting to reach a better feeling state.

Why not cut to the chase? Just skip all the crap that doesn't make us feel good and go for the happiness directly?

A few years back I had achieved a big dream: I was working abroad in marketing for a big international company. I had followed all guidelines for having a successful and happy life: achieved good grades, gotten my university diploma, studied abroad, worked part-time etc.

I had everything I had ever wished for. BUT, I wasn’t happy. In fact I felt anxious, stressed and off-balance. The happiness formula I had followed clearly hadn't worked.

What went wrong?

There was no way for me to reach happiness while being in the pursuit of happiness. Even though I had reached my dream, I was always waiting for something else - the next promotion, bonus or vacation.

What I didn't know then is that each new achievement leads to another desire.

We will never reach a place where we say, “Ok, I’m done, I have achieved everything I want to achieve in life”.

Here is the thing: there is no destination.

Reaching ‘the destination’ would mean the end of expansion. The end of expansion would mean the end of life. Why?

Because expansion is life. It is the direction we have been headed in from the day our world exp

Janice Thompson
Janice Thompson4 years ago

Feeling good is the utmost utopia in life!

Margaret B.
Margaret B5 years ago

I'm lucky enough to have a deck overlooking my garden full of trees and shrubs and off to the hills. I can't go out there and see all the shades and colours and textures of nature without feeling good. ~ Happy Earth Day ~

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Yola Stavridou
.5 years ago

When I was young I took perfect health for granted.Now that I`m older I`m grateful for every day that I wake up pain-free and able to live a normal life.

Linda R.
Linda R5 years ago

Thank you! I have Progressive MS and am in the process of adjusting my diet to find the right dietary combination to wellness. I can very much relate to your blog. Thank you.

Marija Mohoric
Marija Mohoric5 years ago

thank you

Mary B.
Mary B5 years ago

If you don't no what causes you to feel good and be happy, how do you ever expect to know 'what your purpose' is? Do you expect it's going to drag you kicking and screaming into a yoke of difficulty and boredom? Insist you become a martyr?
None of us would have survived if we didn't have a guidence system that directed us away from pain and toward life and pleasure. Of course your natural instincts can be trained out of you so that you will do terrible things to yourself and others, but that kind of outer manipulation is Not the direction of your purpose.Those who are alway negative have become disconnected from their natural state.Emotions are trying to do a course correction so don't try to change them, just flow with them, but point yourself in the direction of being happy first.

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

da c.
Past Member 5 years ago

If you have your health (physical, mental, and spiritual), you have it all!