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As we experience more physical and, eventually, mental challenges, our autonomy and environmental mastery are threatened.¹

When you work with an elder lawyer, you can preserve your sense of autonomy and environmental mastery.

The Scientific American reports that these 11 personality traits are most predictive of well-being:

  1. High positive emotions (high frequency and intensity of positive moods and emotions)
  2. Low negative emotions (low frequency and intensity of negative moods and emotions)
  3. Life satisfaction (a positive subjective evaluation of one’s life)
  4. Autonomy (being independent and able to resist social pressures)
  5. Environmental mastery (ability to shape environments to suit ones needs and desires)
  6. Personal growth (continuing to develop rather than achieving a fixed state)
  7. Positive relations (having warm and trusting interpersonal relationships)
  8. Self-acceptance (positive attitudes toward self)
  9. Purpose and meaning in life (a clear sense of direction and meaning in one’s efforts, or a connection to something greater than oneself)
  10. Engagement in life (being absorbed, interested, and involved in activities and life)
  11. Accomplishment (goal progress an attainment and feelings of mastery, efficacy and competence).

The reported major personality traits are enthusiasm, persistence, industriousness, compassion and intellectual curiosity with a lesser role played by assertiveness and creative openness.

To find out more, visit: Which Personality Traits Are Most Predictive of Well-Being?

¹Scott Barry Kaufman, “Which Personality Traits Are Most Predictive of Well-Being?”, Scientific American January 21, 2017.



Elder law attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is an Approved Guardianship Attorney. She assists people in elder law, estate and special needs planning, guardianship and settling estates. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.


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