Vitality is essential at any age. As you age, it continues to play a key role in your life. Vitality is one of five Character Strengths measured by the Values in Action (VIA) inventory that correlates strongly with satisfaction with life, happiness, and well-being.
Vitality can also be described as zest, enthusiasm, energy (physical, mental, and emotional), and aliveness. It is also thought of as a life force, a power to live or go on living. Vitality is not to be confused with a high level of energy displayed when you might be impulsive, angry, or nervous from too much caffeine.
How you show vitality
Vitality is personal. People pursue it differently. Usually when you express your true nature genuinely, positively, and in the present, you feel energized. This is because you have more vitality when you are authentic – when you are living out your values.
Also, vitality is expressed through your feelings. Feelings can be contagious. When you feel enthusiastic, others around you will feel enthusiastic. People feel drawn to others who have a sense of aliveness. Unfortunately, the opposite is true. Think about a time you were with someone who did not want to be part of the group. What effect did that have on you and others?
Blocks to vitality
Stress, fear, and anxiety decrease your vitality because they create worry. Worry quickly uses up your energy supply. Other blocks to vitality are: smoking, poor diet, and inactivity. Most things that have a negative effect on your physical health and mood lower your vitality.
Factors that contribute to vitality
Vitality leads to optimal human functioning or fulfillment. It is essential for you to be a positive force in your life and the life of others. Factors that contribut to higher levels of vitality are:
- Having a sense of personal mastery and control.
- Being happy.
- Having good health practices – diet, exercise, using stress reduction techniques appropriately, not smoking.
- Sleeping well.
- Having a sense of personal worth – seeing yourself as worthwhile and capable.
- Enjoying supportive relationships and intimacy.
Having vitality is feeling that spark inside of you in the moment. It's choosing to live life with enthusiasm, savoring and enjoying it. It means choosing to live life fully and positively.
My next post will give you additional tips about how to successfully increase your vitality. Until then, let me know what helps you have vitality. I look forward to hearing from you and may add your tip to next week's blog.
Until next time,