Experts from San Francisco State University examined the personality traits of 750 individuals using a series of tests. The researchers then looked at how each of the volunteers rated for what psychologist’s considered to be the five major personality traits, including whether they were secretive, extrovert or introvert, agreeable, conscientious or neurotic.
The results of the study, which have been published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, found that highly extroverted individuals tend to be happier in their lives because they hold a positive, nostalgic view of the past.
‘People who look at the past through rose-tinted glasses are happier than those who focus on negative past experiences and regrets.’ said researchers.
In contrast, the researchers found that dwelling on negative memories can make a person moody and neurotic and can have an affect on their overall life satisfaction.
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