Life Skills

Life Skills is a term that describes the learned capacity that help us to live more harmoniously and to do deal with the challenges of life effectively.Essentially, life skills enhance a person’s emotional, physical and mental well-being.

As a general term, Skills refers to the the know-how or abilities required to act effectively. A skilled person spends less resources, time and energy to produce the desired results.

It is a mistake to think that someone is born with certain skills, the truth is that all skills in life can be learned and improved through  practice and consistent action.

There are three universally recognized categories of life skills :

cognitive skills for analyzing and using information, personal skills for developing personal agency and managing oneself, and inter-personal skills for communicating and interacting effectively with others.” (UNICEF).

3 essential life skills categories – World Health organization  (WHO)

Thinking Skills

  • Creative and critical thinking 
  • Decision making & problem solving skills  

Interpersonal and Social Skills

Personal/ Coping skills

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Ability to cope with stress

Here is a list of other important life skills:

  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Writing Skills
  • Leadership Skills
  • Parenting Skills
  • Adaptability
  • Analytical
  • Apologizing
  • Seeking help
  • Effective body language
  • Conflict management
  • Etiquette
  • Flexibility
  • Independence
  • Concentration and Focus
  • Influence
  • Listening
  • Literacy Skills 
  • Mindfulness
  • Networking
  • Numeracy Skills 
  • Organization
  • Public speaking
  • Professionalism
  • Respect for self and others 
  • Teamwork
  • Time management
  • Willingness to learn


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