One theory is that grit might be related to subjective well-being by facilitating successful goal pursuit and achievement. Another is that grit is associated with positive and optimistic attitudes toward oneself and life, which then may cultivate a higher sense of well-being.
Results showed a strong relationship between overall grit and perseverance of effort with subjective well-being. On the other hand, consistency of interest (i.e., passion for long-term goals) was weakly related to subjective well-being. The latter relationship became even weaker for older participants. Culture was not related to the grit-subjective well-being relationship.
Results also allowed the researchers to disentangle grit from the trait of Conscientiousness in the Big Five Personality inventory. Conscientiousness, or thoughtfulness, is a similar trait that may contribute to higher subjective well-being in that it also facilitates goal pursuit and achievement. Although research shows conscientiousness and grit to be highly correlated, this meta-analysis indicates they are separate constructs that contribute to subjective well-being differently.
The authors of the study caution that improving an individual’s subjective well-being is not as simple as conducting grit intervention programs aimed at “teaching” or “improving” grit. It still cannot be known whether grit causes improvements in one’s subjective well-being or vice versa. The researchers also caution that there are likely other variables relevant to grit and subjective well-being that were not included in this study.
This is an interesting study that I hadn’t even thought about, but it ties nicely into the Scriptures.
Man was created by God to rule over the earth, yet when sin came to be it corrupted and destroyed many things. Sin, moreover, dominated man such that our efforts were futile before a righteous God. Yet Jesus came to save us from our sins, to those who repent and follow Him.
Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This cultivates joy, thankfulness, and gratefulness to the God who was willing to give it all to save us. Hence, our well being transitions from hopeless to the hope that is in Jesus. Not only do we have joy and peace through the Spirit (our well being) but also the fruit of the Spirit that manifest in our lives allow us to be fruitful and disciplined in Christ.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance/patience/long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Long suffering, faithfulness, and self control are likely tied to the “perseverance of effort” or “grit” that this study is referring to, and we are to use these things to carry out God’s mission to make disciples of all nations.