Higher scores on five life skills are associated with economic success, social and subjective wellbeing, and better health in older adults.
We tend to think of successful people as being born with inherit traits, such as perseverance or optimism, that drive them to early prosperity and set them up for happiness later on in life.
However, a new study of more than 8,000 men and women over the age of 50 suggests that's probably is not true. Instead, the study found that traits like perseverance and optimism can be learned, and they keep playing an important role in our health and happiness long after we land our first job.
The new paper’s findings, which were published last week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, are bolstered by decades of previous research linking well-being and longevity to characteristics like optimism.
Read on to see which ones you possess. >>>