What makes us healthy, wealthy, and successful?
It’s true that a nurturing upbringing—with lots of love, support and opportunities for play, learning and growth—seem to give people an advantage early in life. But that head start only goes so far. The rest of the recipe, according to new research, comes from you. In a new study published in PNAS, the official journal of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, researchers from the University College London followed 8,119 men and women to determine which life skills most directly contributed to their health and success in life—or lack thereof. What they found was that those who had successful, wealthy, and happy upbringings weren’t necessarily the most successful, happy, or healthy once they grew up. Instead, it was people with specific personality traits who were the healthiest and most successful. And these traits helped ensure that they were internally, rather than externally, fulfilled. Here are the winning traits in life, according to their findings.