Your personality determines life satisfaction
A new research has revealed that life satisfaction depends on whether the local environment suits your personality or not.
Washington: A new research has revealed that life satisfaction depends on whether the local environment suits your personality or not.
Researcher Markus Jokela from the University of Helsinki said that it's very common for people to talk about where is the best place to live, but most research has tended to look at factors such as income and low crime rates, and only on a very broad geographical scale, failing to consider individual differences in personality.
Jokela added that as a result, studies imply that all people would be equally happy in the same places. It's a one-size-fits-all conclusion that, as we show, is misleading because one's level of happiness is dependent on whether their environment is suited to their personality.
The researchers found geographical differences and clustering in levels of life satisfaction and certain personality traits. For example, people clustered around central and urban areas were the most open and, to a lesser degree, the most extroverted with levels decreasing when moving to outer regions.
Areas of greater average openness also showed a mixture of neighbourhood characteristics, including higher population density and higher housing prices, higher ethnic and religious diversity, and higher crime rate.
The least agreeable areas were found in western central London, an area that has the highest crime rate, busiest pedestrian traffic, and some of the highest housing prices in the capital. The researchers believe this could be interpreted to support the popular notion that residents of big cities tend to be less considerate towards other people.
The researchers found higher levels of life satisfaction in the most affluent regions of London and pockets of low life satisfaction in northwest, northeast, and south London.
The results are published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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