A new study published in the journal Behavioral Psychology, showed that resilience—the process in which an individual adapts positively to face the adverse moments of day-to-day existence—is directly related to the level of one’s satisfaction with his or her life.
The survey, conducted by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB), Spain, was based on an analysis of 254 questionnaires answered by students of the Faculty of Psychology at UAB. The study aimed to assess the level of satisfaction with life and find connections between resilience and the capacity for emotional recuperation, which is one of the components of “emotional intelligence”—the ability to control your own emotions and those emotions that are directed to you from others.
The survey data showed that the most resilient students, the top 20% of respondents, were also those most satisfied with their lives. They are also believed to have greater control over their own emotions and their mood. Resilience people, in summary, tend to be more satisfied with their lives in general.
According to Joaquín Limonero, research coordinator, some of the characteristics of resilience can be worked on and improved by individuals themselves, such as working on self-esteem and self-regulation of emotions. Learning these techniques can give people the resources they need to help them adapt and improve their quality of life. Also, having clear objectives in life, possessing spirituality or faith, having good support networks and solid familial bonds, can help make people more resilient.
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