The term ‘Life Skills’ refers to positive behaviors that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. Life skills are usually associated with managing and living a better quality of life. They help us to accomplish our ambitions and live to our full potential. Any skill that is useful in your life can be considered a life skill such as: time management, communication, multi-tasking, self-drive and motivation. The Door of Hope provides information about essential life skills and how to develop them on an ongoing basis. Essential Life Skills There is no definitive list of life skills. Certain skills may be more or less relevant to the individual depending on their life circumstances, culture, beliefs, age, geographic location, etc.
Different life skills are relative at different times in life, for example:
- When at school or university, you’ll need study skills
- When buying a car, negotiation skills may be needed
- You’ll need to work on your employability skills to get a job
- When you have a job, leadership and presentation skills may be useful, along with a whole host of other skills.
- When you start a school project, time management and organizing skills are likely to become important.
- There will be times throughout your life when you’ll need conflict resolution, stress-management and problem solving skills too.
However… Perhaps the most important life skill is the ability and willingness to learn. By learning new skills students increase their understanding of the world and equip themselves with the tools needed to live a more productive and fulfilling life, finding ways to cope with the challenges in life.
Life skills are not always taught directly but often learned indirectly through experience and practice.