3 Essential Traits That Keep Us Healthy

The 3 essential traits that are linked to good health are:

Optimism,

A sense of Personal control, and

The ability to find Meaning in one’s life experiences

These 3 traits are valuable psychological resources. They also allow us to cope more effectively with adversity and provide a buffer when experiencing illness (although no one quite understands how it works). These are traits to cultivate because they actually help us to adjust to new, maybe unpleasant, experiences and they seem to even protect our health.

Source: Psychological resources, positive illusions, and health. S. Taylor et al. American Psychologist V.55 #1: 99-109, 2000.

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