After questioning 706 people‚ they found just five different personality traits that resulted in high well-being.
“If you score high in any of these five personality aspects‚ you are (probably) more likely to have high well-being across multiple aspects of your life‚” said study co-author Scott Barry Kaufman.
The five are:
1) Enthusiasm: Because enthusiastic people tend to be fun‚ friendly‚ sociable and emotionally expressive‚ the research found that enthusiasm led to life satisfaction‚ positive emotions‚ fewer negative emotions‚ personal growth‚ positive relations‚ self-acceptance‚ purpose in life‚ engagement‚ positive relationships‚ meaning and achievement.
3) Industriousness: “People who are industrious are achievement-oriented‚ self-disciplined‚ efficient‚ purposeful and competent‚” said Kaufman. “Industriousness is strongly correlated with ‘grit’ — passion and perseverance for long-term goals.”
4) Compassion: If you care about the well-being of other people‚ you’re more likely to improve your own.
5) Intellectual curiosity: People who reflect on their experiences‚ read difficult books and are open to new ideas also displayed more mastery of their environment‚ personal growth‚ self-acceptance‚ purpose and accomplishment.
The researchers also identified three traits that have no bearing on happiness: politeness‚ orderliness and volatility.