Are you looking to boost your well-being by fighting depression, and preventing chronic disease?
According to a new study conducted by University College London researchers that was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, achieving this may be as easy as incorporating five essential habits into your life...
To find out what these five important “life skills” are and how they can improve your prospects for a happy, healthy life, keep reading.
New study identifies the five habits for a happy, healthy life
The researchers behind the study looked at more than 8,000 people aged 52 years old and up, in the United Kingdom.
They found a link between these five life skills and less depression
, fewer chronic diseases, better overall health, less social isolation and better financial stability: Emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness.
“No single attribute was more important than others. Rather, the effects depended on the accumulation of life skills,” study co-leader Andrew Steptoe, a professor of epidemiology and public health at University College London, said in a university news release.
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Nearly 25% of people with the fewest of the five life skills reported symptoms of depression
. On the flip side, just 3% with four or five of the skills showed depressive symptoms, the study noted.
Almost 50% of people with the fewest skills said that had high levels of loneliness, while just 11% of those with four of five of the skills said they felt lonely.
Furthermore, slightly more than 75% of people with the least life skills said they had poor to fair overall health, compared with just 6% of people with four or five of the skills,
A more positive outlook on life may decrease risk of early death
According to one report published on Health24, heart disease
patients with a positive outlook on life had a better chance of surviving and returning to a normal lifestyle, which in turn decreased their risk of early death.
“There’s research on individual factors – such as conscientiousness and optimism in adults – but the combination of these life skills has not been studied very much before,” Steptoe said
“We were surprised by the range of processes – economic, social, psychological, biological, and health and disability related – that seem to be related to these life skills. Our research suggests that fostering and maintaining these skills in adult life may be relevant to health and well-being at older ages,” he concluded.