Are you a nice person?

You probably over-rate your “niceness” … but that’s OK.


According to the UK Independent

You may consider yourself to be a nice person, but  a new study concludes that you’re probably not as nice as you think.

Psychologists at the University of London have discovered that 98 per cent of British people think they’re part of the nicest 50 per cent of the population.

Participants in the study were given a list of “nice” behaviors and asked which ones they do.

They claimed to do easy stuff like giving directions to lost souls, holding doors open or giving Granny their seat on the bus.


But, their niceness had limits …

The respondents stopped short of giving money to needy strangers (less than 1 in 5) or helping Granny cross the street (about 1 in 4).

Still, there’s some very good news …



Here’s the good news: self-perceptions matter … a lot.

The study was conducted in partnership with Monarch Airlines to look into whether there is a link between nice people and their levels of health, wealth and happiness.

The researchers found that the people who self-rated themselves as “nice” were likely to be richer (nicer people earn more than those who are ‘nasty’) and happier.

Over 80% of the self-reporting “nice” participants said that they were content in their lives – almost three times the number of respondents who admitted that they were “not very nice.

Said differently, the study showed that “participants who report that they are ‘nice’ scored higher on emotional intelligence – which can help them deal better with stress and chaos in their lives.”


The bottom line:

Even if you’re not nice, you’ll be happier in life if you think you are.

The study wasn’t clear on whether actually being nice was a condition of happiness.

Maybe, you just have to think you’re nice.



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One Response to “Are you a nice person?”

  1. Bhagirath Says:

    You might get a chuckle out of looking at the etymology of the word nice. Sherief Khalil recently mentioned it to me and I now smile whenever I look at it*

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