What are Life Skills?
The term ‘Life Skills’ refers to the skills you need to make your life smooth & easy with harmony. These are the skills required to live happily and to maintain the balance between your work and life.
Any strength that is useful in your life can be considered a life skill. Tying your shoe laces, swimming, driving a car and using a computer are, for most people, useful life skills. Broadly speaking, the term ‘life skills’ is usually used for any of the technique/craft needed to deal well and effectively with the challenges of life.
Defining Essential Life Skills
There is no definitive list of these skills.
Certain skillset may be more or less relevant to you depending on your life circumstances, your culture, beliefs, age, geographic location, etc. 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.
- Decision-making and 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.
- Important Tips for Self-Awareness in Relationships and critical thinking.
This describes the ability to think in different and unusual ways about problems, and find new solutions.
- Self-awareness and empathy, which are two key parts of emotional intelligence.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBfhvzdJlpA
- 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.
It is also true that different life skills will be more or less relevant at different times in your life. For example:
- When at school or university, you’ll need study skills.
These may include understanding how to organise yourself for study, do research, and even write up a dissertation or thesis. These are not skills that everyone will need, but writing skills are likely to be useful in a variety of careers and jobs.
- When buying a house, you may need to employ negotiation skills, and you will certainly need plenty of patience and good temper.
These skills are also likely to be high on your ‘essential life skills’ list if you have children!
- You’ll need to work on your employability skills to get a job, and will also need to think about how you apply for a job, and how you might cope in an interview;
- When you have a job, you may need to develop leadership skills, especially if you need to lead teams or groups;
- When you start a family, you’ll need parenting skills.
You may also find that time management and organising skills become much more important.