3 Personality Traits That Predict Well-Being


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With the start of the year, you've likely given some time to consider what aspects of your life must change in order to improve your well-being. We all seek to better our existence, defined by things like life satisfaction, high positive emotions, positive relations, personal growth, and self-acceptance. But while we all seek these things, it turns out that some personality traits are more associated with well-being than others. Luckily, with effort, these traits can be adopted, so by knowing what they are, you can set yourself up on the right track. 

The Atlantic recently listed five personality paths to well-being, and individuals who scored high in any of these traits were more likely to have "high well-being" across multiple aspects of their lives. We've listed the top three to consider here. Before you read on to determine where you fit in, keep in mind that personality is malleable, and you can always work to increase your score in any of these areas. Recognizing there is room for change is promising—you're in the driver's seat when it comes to your well-being.

Enthusiasm: "People who score high in enthusiasm are friendly, sociable, emotionally expressive, and tend to have lots of fun in life," writes The Atlantic, which predicted high life satisfaction and the feeling of purpose in life. It's no surprise that approaching life with enthusiasm will lead to better well-being overall.

Compassion: Caring for and helping others helps the well-being of the caregiver as well. Having compassion is correlated with other positive emotions, fosters positive relationships, and encourages personal growth.

Intellectual Curiosity: Individuals who score high in intellectual curiosity have a higher well-being because of how they approach, explore, and are open to new ideas. They "enjoy thinking deeply and complexly, and tend to reflect a lot on their experiences," writes The Atlantic. This deeper understanding was predictive of the less emotional variables of well-being, like autonomy, personal growth, self-acceptance, and accomplishment.

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