What Are Life Skills?
Life skills are a set of human skills acquired via teaching or direct experience that are used to handle problems and questions commonly encountered in daily human life.1
The World Health Organization has defined life skills as “abilities for adaptive and positive behavior that enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.” 1
In particular, life skills are a group of cognitive, personal and interpersonal abilities that help people: 2
- Make informed decisions
- Solve problems
- Think critically and creatively
- Communicate effectively
- Build healthy relationships
- Empathize with others
- Cope with and manage their lives in a healthy and productive manner
Life skills may refer to a skill set that accommodates more specific needs of modern industrialized life; examples include: 1
- money management
- food preparation
- basic literacy and numeracy
- organizational skills
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ARISE life-skills programs are based on five psychological models. We pride ourselves on the work we have accomplished that have been positively evaluated by several evidence-based studies. During more than 25 years, not one, not two, but three University of Miami tenured professors attested to the effectiveness of ARISE life-skills curricula and staff training in evidence-based studies.