Being an Extrovert Might be Good for your Health – New research finds an interesting link between an outgoing nature and a healthy immune system.
Whoohoo! If you’re social and outgoing, you may also be healthy.
If you’re the life of the party, you might be more than a good-time Charlie. Turns out, those people who identified themselves as extroverted were typically associated with “pro-inflammatory” genes that help fight infection, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Nottingham in England.
And, while this study focused on a small segment of a student population, it could increase our understanding about the ways personality shapes physical health.
During the study, researchers recruited 121 students and asked them to fill out personality questionnaires that focused on certain personality traits, including extroversion, conscientiousness and neuroticism. The researchers also collected blood samples and connected those samples to 19 different genes that are active in immune response and defense against viruses.
“For instance, perhaps being an extrovert causes these effects because of a person’s increased exposure to a variety of germs and boosted immunity,” she says. “Or, it might be that your personality is actually affected by your immune system. We just don’t know that yet”