September 9, 2012 AT 10:55 am

Creativity Predicts a Longer Life

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Creativity Predicts a Longer Life @ Scientific American.

Researchers have long been studying the connection between health and the five major personality traits: agreeableness, extraversion, neuroticism, openness and conscientiousness. A large body of research links neuroticism with poorer health and conscientiousness with superior health. Now openness, which measures cognitive flexibility and the willingness to entertain novel ideas, has emerged as a lifelong protective factor. The linchpin seems to be the creativity associated with the personality trait—creative thinking reduces stress and keeps the brain healthy.

You don’t stop creating because you get old, you get old because you stop creating…

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1 Comment

  1. If having more creativity is true — guess I lead a charmed life. Expressing more agreeableness and openness to new ideas applies to relationships too. Often, there’s that burden of having to be selfless which extraversion suggests. Combining the first two fosters positive thinking which hinders neuroticism, then being painstakingly careful which is the whole deal of conscientiousness makes up the whole beautiful you — there I put all those traits in one paragraph.

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