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Can Five Little Life Skills Really Determine Your Success, Health, And Social Life?

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What if you could learn a specific set of skills that would allow you to be successful and get the very most out of life? What if this set of skills would lead to better health, more money in the bank, a vibrant social life, and better overall well-being? Sounds too good to be true, right? A recent study suggests this might just be possible.

Recently, researchers from the University of London studied the life skills of more than 8,000 men and women in their 50’s and 60’s. The results they found were astonishing. Individuals who scored higher on a set of five very specific life skills had higher incomes, less depression, less loneliness, more close relationships, better self-rated health, fewer chronic illnesses, as well as others.  These astonishing results were present even after accounting for things like age, sex, socioeconomic status, and education.  Researchers noted that simply having one of these life skills did not have such positive results. Rather, it was the accumulation of all of the traits that lead to this success. The more of the five life skills a person had, the more likely they were to have all of these successes. For example, a person with four of the skills fared better than a person with two. So, what exactly were these five life skills needed to be successful?

 

1. Conscientiousness

This life skill involves being careful, mindful of others, and having a strong desire to do things well. Individuals who are contentiousness are often reliable, organized, and goal-oriented.

 

2. Emotional stability

This involves the ability to remain calm and steady. Individuals who are emotionally stable do not get upset easily. These individuals respond well to stress and are less likely to experience guilt, jealousy, anger, and depression.

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