Zest

Zest is associated with higher life satisfaction[1][6] and work satisfaction[2]. Being passionate about something (not obsessive) contributes to well-being[7] and increased performance[8][9]. Vitality, enthusiasm, hopefulness and engagement appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease[3][5]. Enthusiasm also improves communications[4]. If we communicate with enthusiasm we have more impact on our listeners. Zestful people simply enjoy things more than people low in zestfulness[10].

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I know what I enjoy doing.
I do what I enjoy doing.
I act enthusiastic and excited.
I ask questions.
I try new things, I mix up, try new ideas and keep learning.
I have balance in my life.
I seek out the beauty in the seemingly trivial.
I do tasks wholeheartedly.
I live life with anticipation, energy, enthusiasm and excitement.
I approach life as an adventure.
I have things I am really interested in.
I always find new things to keep me preoccupied.
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      Research
      • [1] Park, N., Peterson, C., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2004). Strengths of character and well-being. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 23, 603-619. View
      • [2] Peterson, C., Park, N., Hall, N., & Seligman, M.E.P. (2009). Zest and work. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 30, 161-172. View
      • [3] Kubzansky, Thurston. (2007) Emotional vitality and incident coronary heart disease: benefits of healthy psychological functioning. Archives of General Psychiatry 64 (12), 1393-1401. View
      • [4] Booth-Butterfield, M., & Booth-Butterfield, S. (1990). Conceptualizing affect as information in communication production. Human Communication Research, 16(4), 451-463.
      • [5] Davidson, K.W., Mostofsky, E. & Whang, W. (2010). “Don't worry, by happy: Positive affect and reduced 10-year incident coronary heart disease: The Canadian Nova Scotia Health Survey.” European Heart Journal, 31 , 1065-1070.
      • [6] Proyer, R. T., Gander, F., Wellenzohn, S., & Ruch, W. (2015). Strengths-based positive psychology interventions: a randomized placebo-controlled online trial on long-term effects for a signature strengths- vs. a lesser strengths-intervention. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 456. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00456. View
      • [7] Stenseng, F., & Phelps, J. (2013). Leisure and life satisfaction: The role of passion and life domain outcomes. World Leisure Journal, 55, 320–332. View
      • [8] Vallerand, R.J., Salvy, S.J., Mageau, G.A., Elliot, A.J., Denis, P., Grouzet, F.M.E., & Blanchard, C.B. (2007). On the role of passion in performance. Journal of Personality, 75, 505-534. View
      • [9] Vallerand, R.J., Mageau, G.A., Elliot, A., Dumais, A., Demers, M-A., & Rousseau, F.L. (2008). Passion and performance attainment in sport. Psychology of Sport & Exercise, 9, 373-392.
      • [10] Snyder, C. R., & Lopez, S. J. (2007). The Value of Wisdom and Courage. Positive psychology: the scientific and practical explorations of human strengths (p. 241). Thousand Oaks,
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