Being nice doesn't get much respect in this me-first, money-worshipping society in which we live. After all, nice guys finish last -- right?
Not so fast ... maybe there's something to being a kind, caring and responsible citizen, after all: A new study (as reported in the L.A. Times) links the personal trait of conscientiousness to longevity. Seems that this attribute, as well as other factors that go along with it -- such as stability, hard work and self-control -- help a person to stay healthier into old age, and thus live longer.
I'd also add that being conscientious helps give you a positive outlook and keeps you emotionally strong, two other vital factors to maintaining good health.
So, nice guys may finish last -- but at least they'll live long enough to have the last laugh!