A new study has found that when self esteem comes down to it, people are likely to do everything in their power to improve themselves, even when their happiness is at stake.
The study, which involved more than 1,000 participants, found that self esteem was the strongest predictor of happiness when it came to positive feelings about self and others, and was also the strongest indicator of happiness in the face of adversity.
The results also showed that people who scored high on self esteem tended to report greater levels of happiness.
“Our findings provide evidence for a strong link between self-esteem and happiness in people facing negative situations,” study co-author James C. LeBlanc, PhD, an assistant professor of social psychology at Rutgers University, said in a statement.
“We found that people with high self-worth are more likely to be happy in stressful situations and that self-control is a key factor in helping people manage those stressful situations.”
The study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
It looked at a series of questions from the survey that included: Are you happy with how things are going?