A marriage with 5x more positivity than negativity is significantly less likely to result in divorce.1 A business team with 5x more positivity than negativity is significantly more likely to make money.2 College students with 3x more positivity than negativity are significantly more likely to have flourishing mental health.3 In general – when a human […]

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“Children who were rated 1-point higher on a 3-point self-control scale were 26% less likely to be overweight as adolescents.” Multiple factors determine a child’s weight status, of whether they are healthy or overweight. This study assessed whether self-control was one of those factors. 844 children were watched from age 9 to 15. Those who […]

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Grit is the ability to persevere over long periods of time in the face of significant challenge – the ability to stay interested in the same idea, project, or goal for years and not months, and the ability to overcome difficulty that comes knocking not once, but dozens of times. Grit has been found to […]

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In this study, the specific reasons why grittier spelling bee finalists reach higher rounds was assessed. The observation that grit correlates with spelling bee performance had already been made, and confirmed. Grit was found to predict two behaviors which in turn lead to increased performance – more practice, and better practice. More practice is self-explanatory […]

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Across six studies, the authors of this article create and then attempt to prove the predictive validity of a shorter version of their previous, 12-item Grit Scale. In study one, using data from an older study, the 12-item grit scale was successfully shortened into the 8-item grit scale (Grit-S). In study two, using an online sample of […]

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Teaching difficult students can be taxing – suggesting that emotional health and perseverance (e.g. grit) may predict teacher performance in poor neighborhoods. In this study, Teach For America teachers, who are required to teach in mostly poor neighborhoods, were assessed for 4 qualities: grit, life satisfaction, optimism, and performance. Performance was objectively assessed by averaging the academic gains of […]

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