Why it is important
Zest is associated with higher life satisfaction and work satisfaction. Being passionate about something (not obsessive) contributes to well-being and increased performance. Vitality, enthusiasm, hopefulness and engagement appears to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Enthusiasm also improves communications. If we communicate with enthusiasm we have more impact on our listeners. Zestful people simply enjoy things more than people low in zestfulness.
It is in the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and in creative action, that man finds his supreme joys.
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Category: Spiritual healthResearch
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