Musings of an autodidact

Practice, practice, practice

Psychology300Time: Science Points to the Single Most Valuable Personality Trait

…conscientiousness was the trait that best predicted workplace success. What intrigues Roberts about conscientiousness is that it predicts so many outcomes that go far beyond the workplace. People high in conscientiousness get better grades in school and college; they commit fewer crimes; and they stay married longer. They live longer – and not just because they smoke and drink less. They have fewer strokes, lower blood pressure, and a lower incidence of Alzheimer’s disease.

The good news is that it appears conscientiousness can be developed. I’m uncertain as to the veracity of the scientific claims in this Mashable article, How you can be a more conscientious person: And why it’s worth it, but much of what’s there harmonizes well with common sense. And I could only feel but so bad for encouraging anyone to practice random acts of mindful kindness in pursuit so many personal benefits.

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