The term “The Golden Five” refers to five character strengths that have consistently related to well-being (Park et al., 2004). These are hope (i.e., the belief that one can create a good future), zest (i.e., feeling energized towards life), gratitude (i.e., being aware of and grateful for the positive aspects of life), love (i.e., the capacity of loving and giving love), and curiosity (i.e., intrinsic willingness for new experience and acquisition of knowledge) (Peterson & Seligman, 2004). Furthermore, recent research evidence has indicated that other character strengths positively impact well-being (e.g., life satisfaction and positive affect), which are social intelligence, perseverance, and humor (Martinez-Marti & Ruch, 2014). Relevantly, well-being seems to be related to career success (Boehm & Lyubomirsky, 2008).

 

Relationship between well-being and career success

Boehm and Lyubomirsky (2008) reviewed the relationship between happy people (i.e., people that often experience positive emotions, e.g., satisfaction) and career success. Their summarized evidence supports the notion that happiness positively affects career success, as exemplified below (Boehm & Lyubomirsky, 2008):

How can you concretely develop The Golden Five?

Take-home message

Hope, zest, gratitude, love, curiosity, social intelligence, perseverance, and humor seem to positively correlate with well-being (Martinez-Marti & Ruch, 2014; Park et al., 2004). In turn, well-being seems to positively associate with career success (Boehm & Lyubomirsky, 2008). Thus, considering the development of «The Golden Five» can be a strategy for you to achieve more well-being and, ultimately, career success.

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