The Big 5 Personality Traits for Happiness

Enjoying your life and avoiding or getting over depression is dependent on the “big 5 personality traits” according to UCLA researchers. These five traits are:

  1. a lack of excessive nervousness (neuroticism)
  2. the ability to be sociable and connect with other people (extroversion)
  3. the ability to cooperate with and get along with others pleasantly (agreeableness)
  4. the ability to be mindful and aware of others needs without care-taking them (conscientiousness)
  5. the ability to be open and speak about how you feel without shame or embarrassment (openness)

Depressed and anxious people typically have a deficit in one or more of the big 5. Until this study came