We're excited by the findings from a recent large-scale study (with almost 60,000 participants across 159 countries, including Australia) that found the strengths #Zest and #Hope to be associated with positive health-related and #wellbeing outcomes including healthy diet, healthy social activity and healthy self-care.
This means that the participants who scored highly on their Zest and Hope strengths also generally ate a diet rich with fruit, vegetables and essential nutrients while avoiding unhealthy foods, had fun, connected with others, felt a sense of belonging and also engaged regularly in self-care practices such as meditation, relaxation, journaling and spiritual rituals.
We've delivered #Zestful Moments and #Hopeful Moments in our subscription boxes over the last six months, and it's great to see the reinforcement that these two are definitely #superstrengths! Investing time in amplifying these strengths, regardless of where they may rank on your list of character strengths, will reap significant benefits.
The study also found that Zest and Hope were the top two predictors of purpose in life, measured by quality of life and wellbeing. This is perhaps not surprising given that the study suggests "maintaining a well-rounded healthy lifestyle coincides with energy and enthusiasm for life and health (zest) … and optimistic thinking and confidence that goals can be reached (hope)".
Cultivating Zest and Hope in your life has the potential to positively impact many facets of your day to day behaviours including how you eat, interact with your family, friends and broader community as well as your #selfcare #habits.
Interested to read more? Check the article out here on the PsyPost website, which is dedicated to psychology and neuroscience research news.