Despite deep cultural differences between nations, there is one attitude that makes all humans happy.
Acting like an extrovert — even if you are an introvert — makes people all around the world feel happier, recent research suggests.
The findings come from surveys of hundreds of people in the US, Venezuela, the Philippines, China and Japan (Ching et al., 2014).
Across the board, people reported that they felt more positive emotions in daily situations where they either acted or felt more extroverted.
The study, published in the Journal of Research in Personality, also found that people tended to behave in a more upbeat way when they felt most free.
This is the first study to show the positive effects of extroverted behaviours in countries with more group-oriented and less individualistic cultures, like those in South America and Asia.
Professor Timothy Church, one of the study’s authors, said:
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