Context : A teacher in the class has been addressing the same thing to the students for over a week. One of the students feel bored and disgusted and he speaks this:

Isn't it healthy to, like, move on?

What's the meaning of healthy in this context.

According to me, it should be "a good decision". Isn't it?


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The student is copying advice often given to people suffering with emotional trauma or distress. If you have experienced some loss like a bad divorce or even the death of a relative, it's considered acceptable to be unhappy for some period; but at some point, you must continue with your life. In such a situation, a friend might say to you, "It is [psychologically] healthy to move on [with your life]."

Here the student is making a joke that the teacher seems to be obsessing on one topic with the same obsession that they might have with a death in the family or some other traumatic event.


The words health and healthy are frequently used with a figuarative or metaphorical meaning.

Sense 3a, of the OED entry on healthy runs as follows, with examples:

Denoting or characteristic of health or sound condition (literal and figurative); opposed to morbid.

1600 W. Shakespeare Henry IV, Pt. 2 i. ii. 3 He said..the water it self was a good healthy water. View more context for this quotation

1709 R. Steele Tatler No. 77. ⁋1 With a fresh, sanguine, and healthy Look.

1790 E. Burke Refl. Revol. in France 34 The healthy habit of the British constitution. View more context for this quotation

1878 H. M. Stanley Through Dark Continent II. vii. 199 An interchange of small gifts served as a healthy augury for the future.

1897 Daily News 7 June 9/4 The cutlery trade is in a very healthy state.

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