Researchers in a new 8,000-person study have found five skills that are associated with better health and less loneliness in late adulthood: "emotional stability, determination, control, optimism and conscientiousness."

No one skill was found to have the strongest association with better health, but participants with more of these skills had the lowest rates of depression and loneliness and much higher-rated overall health.

A co-leader of the study, Andrew Steptoe, said that researchers "were surprised by the range of processes—economic, social, psychological, biological, and health and disability related—that seem to be related to these life skills" and that "[this] research suggests that fostering and maintaining these skills in adult life may be relevant to health and well-being at older ages."

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