We're all searching for the Holy Grail. No, not a broadband provider that doesn't make you pay for line rental - we're talking about success and happiness.
A new study published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences has found that the personality traits more likely to make us successful in life are not inherent in us from birth but can be cultivated, like a bonsai tree.
The study, which took more than 8,000 men and women over 50, found that traits like grit and optimism can be learned and that they play a crucial role in our health and happiness.
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Here are the five traits that the study found will help.
The study linked conscientiousness and being more thorough and risk-averse with increased well-being and happiness. The study defined just 23% of the participation group as conscientious.
Participants had their levels of optimism measured by being asked how much they agreed with two statements: 1. "I feel that life is full of opportunities," and 2. "I feel that the future looks good for me". Around 25% of participants were classed as being optimistic in the study.
Fewer than 21% of people in the study were identified as having grit or determination. This was the rarest trait of the 5 life skills set out by the study.
4. Emotional stability
Around 30% of those surveyed were classed as being emotionally stable, able to remain calm under pressure and seen as optimistic in the face of challenging circumstances.
In order to assess how in control participants felt they were asked how strongly they felt about the statement, "At home, I feel I have control over what happens in most situations." Around 41% of participants were identified as being in control, meaning it was the most common trait within the group.
Not much to manage all at once is it?