At an local SGI discussion meeting some years ago, someone said something that has stayed with me. He said that we often speak of the symptoms of illness, but it can be useful to think of the symptoms of health.
At the time I had a long-term, largely untreatable illness – ME/CFS. It was a great help to me to look at things from a different perspective and I made a list of those symptoms of health that occurred to me. I began to look out for them in myself. Much more positive and encouraging than dwelling on the symptoms of illness.
Here’s my initial list:
sense of joy in life
enjoying healthy food
flexibility in times of eating and sleeping
succeeding in basic hygiene and healthcare (eg actually getting up and getting dressed each day)
honest acceptance of the current situation and capacity to work on improvements (eg dress to look good at current weight & plan ways to lose weight)
readiness to accept a challenge
being able to prioritise
being able to communicate with people
finding time for spiritual practices
discussing/sharing things that matter
awareness of other people
What would be on your list?