Part of living your best life involves thinking–at least a little–about how you can set yourself up to live a good life in the future.
If you’re of a certain age, you might keep track of things like your cholesterol or your blood pressure. Or, you might keep an eye on your 401K balance, with an eye toward ensuring future well-being.
But there’s another lesser-known metric that can also be predictive of both your current and your future health and longevity. Just like those other markers, it’s a number you should know.
Subjective well-being (or overall life satisfaction) is associated with health and longevity.
Up to 50% of your subjective wellbeing can be chalked up to your innate personality type.
Life satisfaction often reaches a low point in early midlife, but then starts to increase in our fifties and continues to increase steadily until the very end of our lives.
We can enhance subjective wellbeing by practicing mindfulness, nurturing social interactions, cultivating gratitude, and working toward goals that we find meaningful.
Life Satisfaction Assessment