Gratitude – The Single Best Predictor of Well-being

24 character strengths

Human flourishing is a new concept that tries to describe holistically human well-being. Question is, which character traits can best predict human well-being.

According to a recent study,

Out of all 24 character strengths, the only significant independent predictors of well-being were gratitude, kindness, and love of learning. Note that love, honesty, and humour were very close to being statistically significant.

The single best predictor of well-being was gratitude.

So there you have it. Not all character strengths seem to be equally predictive of well-being. Not to say that you should rule any of them out, of course. Humility and self-restraint are considered very valuable character strengths to have by most people, and are MUCH needed in our society and around the world. But they don’t appear to be a very good predictor of well-being. Remember, well-being isn’t everything there is to life. There are other human goods.

Nevertheless, if you do seek high well-being, your best bets are gratitude, kindness, and love of learning.

(Source, HERE.)


Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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