These 4 Personality Traits Could Help You Live a Happier Life

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Certain personality types could help us live healthier and happier lives, a new study has found.

According to research from ScienceDirect, kindness, generosity, and selfless behaviours enhance positive and pleasurable emotions, contributing to greater emotional wellbeing. After examining associations between 24 character strengths and 15 health-related outcomes, the researchers identified four traits that are the most favourable: zest, self-regulation, hope, and gratitude.

“Our findings suggested that maintaining a well-rounded, healthy lifestyle coincides with energy and enthusiasm for life and health (zest), an attitude of discipline and resistance to temptations (self-regulation), feeling and expressing a sense of thankfulness in life and to others (gratitude), and optimistic thinking and confidence that goals can be reached (hope),” author Dorota Weziak-Bialowolska told PsyPost.

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“These might be viewed as primary character strengths for health outcomes and behaviours.”

While character strengths are positive personality traits essential to our identity, the researchers also discovered more unfavourable health outcomes. These include appreciation of beauty, bravery, creativity, fairness, judgement, kindness, love of learning, leadership, social intelligence, and spirituality. Having an appreciation of beauty, for example, tends to be externally focused, which may not make us happier.

Take a look at the personalities below…

1. Zest

Zest – a character strength which involves components of motivation, adventurousness and energy — could be linked to a reduced risk of depression. Meanwhile, researchers found that having a quality of zest has been linked with a decreased risk of mortality and developing diabetes.

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2. Self-regulation

Self-regulation is a highly adaptive human trait that enables people to override and alter their responses. According to the research, having ‘an attitude of discipline and resistance to temptations’ could be the answer to a happier life.

3. Gratitude

The benefits of practicing gratitude are nearly endless. Scientists in the study found being grateful on a daily basis can give a greater sense of meaning in life, improve social cooperation and human flourishing, and boost our physical and mental health. Time to open that gratitude journal…

4. Hope

The final character trait that could help you live a happier, healthier life is hope. Associated with increased life satisfaction, hope is a good trait to start practising – even if it requires courage to take that first step forward.

The researchers add: “Character strengths contribute to the greater good, and generate positive well-being and health outcomes for oneself and others.”

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