The recent essay "15 Critical Habits of Mentally Tough People" by Travis Bradberry offers a list — flawed, but fascinating — of characteristics that perhaps are correlated with happiness, health, productivity, and self-actualization:
- They're Emotionally Intelligent
- "... fully understand and tolerate strong negative emotions and do something productive with them ..."
- They're Confident
- They Neutralize Toxic People
- They Embrace Change
- "... flexible ... constantly adapting ..."
- They Say No
- "... honors their existing commitments and gives them the opportunity to successfully fulfill them ..."
- "... delay gratification and avoid impulsive action ..."
- They Know That Fear Is the #1 Source of Regret
- They Embrace Failure . . .
- "... frustration that forces you to think differently, to look outside the box, and to see the solution that you've been missing ..."
- . . . Yet, They Don't Dwell on Mistakes
- "... a sense of personal efficacy, which produces positive emotions and improves performance ..."
- They Won't Let Anyone Limit Their Joy . . .
- "... you don't have to compare yourself to others, and you can always take people's opinions with a grain of salt ..."
- . . . And They Don't Limit the Joy of Others
- "... don't pass judgment on others because they know that everyone has something to offer ..."
- "... don't need to take other people down a notch in order to feel good about themselves ..."
- They Exercise
- They Get Enough Sleep
- They Limit Their Caffeine Intake
- They Don't Wait for an Apology to Forgive
- "... life goes a lot smoother once you let go of grudges and forgive even those who never said they were sorry ..."
- They're Relentlessly Positive
Not a great taxonomy — too much fuzziness and redundancy — and full of assertion with no citations to real evidence. The article also includes an optimistic Thomas Edison quote, likely apocryphal, when he witnessed his factory complex destroyed by fire: "There is great value in disaster. All our mistakes are burned up. Thank God we can start anew." The New York Times article on 1914-12-10 doesn't mention those words or anything close to them.
But nonetheless: some good advice!
(cf. Optimist Creed (1999-04-16), Thirty Things (2013-10-01), ...) - ^z - 2015-12-06