You can hope for better well-being if you set realistic goals for yourself as a new study suggests that the key for later satisfaction is whether the life goals are seen as attainable and what they mean to a person.
The findings of the study, published in the European Journal of Personality, revealed that perceiving one's personal goals as attainable is an indicator of later cognitive and effective well-being.
"Many of our results confirmed theoretical assumptions from developmental psychology," said lead author Janina Bühler from the University of Basel.
For the study, the research team conducted a detailed examination of how life goals are embedded in people's lives across adulthood.
The researchers used data from 973 people between 18 and 92 years of age. More than half of the participants were surveyed again after two and four years.