Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Do people get nicer with age?

Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ Apr 22, 2014, writes that personality is half nature and half learned.

They did a study of 16K Australians between 2005 and 2009. Those who were happy in 2005 became more emotionally stable, conscientious, and agreeable--and more introverted--in the next five years. The "Big Five" marks of personality are Conscientiousness, Agreeableness, Openness, Extroversion and Neuroticism.

Changing even a small part of your behavior can change your personality--it takes time, though.

Decide which trait you would like to change.

Isolate the behavior. Be conscious of going against it.

Take baby steps. But remain committed.

I guess I could be less of a smartass--but would I have to give up this blog?

See? That is an example.

Now, those Australians--did they become nicer without effort? If so, I am down with it.

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