Extroverts happier regardless of culture - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

Extroverts happier regardless of culture

Updated: Apr 19, 2014 09:09 AM
© iStockphoto.com / Oleg Prikhodko © iStockphoto.com / Oleg Prikhodko

FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being outgoing makes you happier no matter where you live, a new international study says.

Researchers looked at mood and behavior among college students in the United States, China, Japan, the Philippines and Venezuela. Overall, those who felt or acted more extroverted in daily situations were happier.

The investigators also found that the students' behavior was more upbeat when they felt free to be themselves, according to the study in the Journal of Research in Personality.

"We are not the first to show that being more extroverted in daily behavior can lead to more positive moods. However, we are probably the first to extend this finding to a variety of cultures," study author Timothy Church, a professor of counseling psychology and associate dean of research in the College of Education at Washington State University, said in a university news release.

Previous studies found that introverts in the United States were happier when they did outgoing things such as giving an old friend a call or smiling at a passerby. According to the news release, most of this type of research has been conducted in Western nations that place a high value on independence and individualism.

In this study, Church wanted to investigate the link between extroversion and happiness in more community-based cultures in Asia and South America. The findings show that many cultures share similar major personality traits and that being outgoing may be one way to increase happiness in all of them, researchers say.

"Cross-cultural psychologists like to talk about psychic unity," Church said. "Despite all of our cultural differences, the way personality is organized seems to be pretty comparable across cultural groups. There is evidence to show that 40 to 50 percent of the variation in personality traits has a genetic basis."

More information

Mental Health America offers tips on how to live your life well.

Copyright © 2014 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

*DISCLAIMER*: The information contained in or provided through this site section is intended for general consumer understanding and education only and is not intended to be and is not a substitute for professional advice. Use of this site section and any information contained on or provided through this site section is at your own risk and any information contained on or provided through this site section is provided on an "as is" basis without any representations or warranties.
  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Ohio State president, band leaders to meet

    Ohio State president, band leaders to meet

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:13 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:13:25 GMT
    Courtesy:  NBC NewsCourtesy: NBC News
    University and marching band leaders at Ohio State are preparing to meet to discuss the future path of the organization after the firing of its director.More >>
    University and marching band leaders at Ohio State are preparing to meet to discuss the future path of the organization after the firing of its director.
    More >>
  • Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

    Applications for US unemployment aid fall to 298K

    Thursday, August 21 2014 10:03 AM EDT2014-08-21 14:03:51 GMT
    Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.More >>
    Fewer people applied for U.S. unemployment benefits last week, another sign the job market is improving.More >>
  • Ohio woman sent to prison for school outburst

    Ohio woman sent to prison for school outburst

    Thursday, August 21 2014 9:59 AM EDT2014-08-21 13:59:08 GMT
    An Ohio woman has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for assaulting a teacher, principal and cafeteria worker at her son's elementary school after being told she needed a visitor's badge.More >>
    An Ohio woman has been sentenced to more than a year in prison for assaulting a teacher, principal and cafeteria worker at her son's elementary school after being told she needed a visitor's badge.
    More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms