05/28/2012 11:49 pm ET

Resilience Linked With Life Satisfaction: Study

Resilience in the face of adversity could be a characteristic of someone who is truly satisfied with his or her life, according to a new study.

Researchers from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona found that people who are more resilient are also more likely to report high life satisfaction and control over emotions. Their work was published in the journal Behavioral Psychology.

"Some of the characteristics of being resilient can be worked on and improved, such as self-esteem and being able to regulate one's emotions," study researcher Dr. Joaquin T. Limonero, a professor at the university, said in a statement. "Learning these techniques can offer people the resources needed to help them adapt and improve their quality of life."

The study was conducted on 254 students at the university, who were asked to fill out questionnaires.

According to the American Psychological Association, resilience is important for dealing with hardships, and can be learned and developed. Factors that go into resilience include being able to manage impulses and feelings, looking at yourself positively, making realistic plans and goals and communicating and solving problems.

For more on resilience -- and what goes into gaining it -- click on over to the APA.

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