Internal Sunshine - TestYourself.psychtests.com Releases Personality Profile of Happy People
TestYourself.psychtests.com uncovers the personality traits that differentiate happy vs. unhappy people.
MONTREAL, CANADA (MARKETWIRE) -- April 13, 2012
TestYourself.psychtests.com, a pioneer in online personality, career, IQ and relationship assessments has released its latest research on their comparison between people who rated themselves as happy and their less content counterparts. TestYourself's study reveals major differences in scores on at least 14 distinct personality characteristics.
Happiness is an ambiguous term and, as TestYourself's latest research shows, can encompass several other traits besides obvious ones like optimism. TestYourself.psychtests.com asked nearly 600 people to rate their level of happiness on a scale of 1 to 10, and then compared happy vs. unhappy people on 40 different traits using their Big Five Personality Test. Happy people outscored unhappy people on all 40, and for 14 traits, the difference was more than 10 points. TestYourself's research reveals that happy people are more likely to be emotionally stable, extroverted, poised, resilient, confident, optimistic, sociable, and approachable. They are better at managing stress, more willing to open up to others, to trust others, and to ask loved ones for help when necessary. Happy people were also better able to adapt to new or ambiguous situations, and more likely to consistently strive toward success and self-improvement.
"Some mistakenly believe that happy people are the way they are because they don't go through difficult times and have an easy, 'happy-go-lucky' life," explains Dr. Jerabek, president of the company. "Our research shows that even when going through tough and even tragic times, happy people will feel the burden but will also refuse to let it bring them down. They keep pressing forward. Happy and unhappy people view and approach their life, other people, and the world in general in very different ways."
Other traits in which happy people outscored less happy people by a gap of 5 to 10 points include open-mindedness, conscientiousness, assertiveness, curiosity, creativity, individuality, diligence, organization, dependability, and efficiency. They were also more likely to be self-disciplined, which may perhaps put aside the notion that happy people are blissfully self-indulgent.
TestYourself's comparison of happy vs. unhappy people also reveals that:
"The implication of our research isn't that people need to completely modify their personality in order to be happy," explains Dr. Jerabek. Small changes in attitude and approach to life, however, can make a difference. If you're not very resilient and struggle under stressful conditions, for example, do some research on healthy coping techniques. If you're lacking in confidence, or are not very sociable and have trouble making friends, there are courses you can take to improve in these areas. It's not a matter of changing who you are but rather, becoming an improved version of who you are."
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