Definition

Life Skill

noun
plural noun: life skills
a skill that is necessary or desirable for full participation in everyday life.

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In 1999, the World Health Organization identified six key areas of life skills:

  • Communication and interpersonal skills. This broadly describes the skills needed to get on and work with other people, and particularly to transfer and receive messages either in writing or verbally.
  • Decision Making & Problem solving. This describes the skills required to understand problems, find solutions to them, alone or with others, and then take action to address them.
  • Creative Thinking and Critical Thinking. This describes the ability to think in different and unusual ways about problems, and find new solutions, or generate new ideas, coupled with the ability to assess information carefully and understand its relevance.
  • Self Awareness and empathy, which are two key parts of emotional intellegence. They describe understanding yourself and being able to feel for other people as if their experiences were happening to you.
  • Assertiveness and equanimity, or self control. These describe the skills needed to stand up for yourself and other people, and remain calm even in the face of considerable provocation.
  • Resilience and ability to cope with problems, which describes the ability to recover from setbacks, and treat them as opportunities to learn, or simply experiences.