People With These 5 Enviable Personality Traits Are The Happiest

By Melody Wilding

It might be worth adopting a few of these traits if you want to be happy.

1. Enthusiasm

Sociable and expressive, enthusiastic love to laugh and have fun. They tend to have more positive emotions, self-acceptance, and purpose in life. This reflects in their happiness levels:  people high in enthusiasm report higher life satisfaction and stronger relationships.

2. Low withdrawal

Everyone gets overwhelmed and turns inwards sometimes, but those low in withdrawal handle it more gracefully. They are lower in neuroticism, which means they experience less anxiety and aren’t as self-conscious. Put simply, they are more emotionally stable and less reactive to stress

3. Industriousness

Perfectionists and productivity lovers rejoice! According to this study, being high in elements of conscientiousness is a good thing. The propensity to think ahead, plan, work hard, and follow through are not only linked to high-achievement, but also a feeling of mastery and engagement in life.

4. Compassion

Thoughtful, empathic people can get ahead after all. People who are compassionate care about others’ well-being, and as a result, increase their own.

So go ahead and spend some time today practicing gratitude or helping someone in your network. It’ll be well worth the time investment.

5. Intellectual Curiosity

Those who are intellectually curious love to solve complex problems, yet are open to new ideas. They reflect, think deeply, and challenge themselves to grow.

Assertiveness and creative openness were two traits also predictive of certain aspects of well-being, but less so than the five above.

Additionally, the study found that politeness, orderliness, and volatility were not at all predictive of well-being.

Can any of these traits be acquired or developed? “Relax!” Kaufman says, “Personality can be changed. A large number of scientific studies are piling up now showing that interventions exist to change personality.”

One place to start is getting control over negative thinking and emotions. You’re capable of more growth than you think.

Melody Wilding, LMSW is a licensed social worker and teaches Human Behavior at The City University of New York. She helps entrepreneurs and young professionals master their inner psychology for career and relationship success.

This article was originally published at Melody Wilding

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