How nice are you? Take the test

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You might think you’re nicer than you really are, according to new research.
And you’re not alone in deluding yourself. The study found that 98 per cent of people consider themselves in the nicest 50 per cent if the population.
People who thought they were nice – even if they weren’t – were generally richer and happier, research showed.
HOW NICE ARE YOU?
Which of these ten nice things do you do often or whenever you can?
Answer yes/no and keep track of your score.
1. Give directions to strangers
2. Delay an elevator and hold the door for a stranger
3. Give your seat to an elderly person or pregnant lady on a bus or train
4. Buy ‘charity’ Christmas cards because you know it is a good cause
5. Donate money to charity
6. Volunteer to look after a neighbour or friend’s pet or children
6. Help someone carry heavy bags
7. Let a neighbour who you don’t know well borrow your dishes and tools
8. Help someone cross a road
9. Donate blood
10. Help an acquaintance move house or do DIY
If you answered ‘Yes’ to six or more of ten questions you are nicer than most people.
The average from the researcher’s survey was just under five ‘Yes’ answers to these questions.
The survey showed there was a strong correlation between participants’ ratings of how ‘nice’ they are and how relaxed, happy, healthy and successful they are.
Nicer people also report being more fulfilled in their careers.
There was also a correlation between people being ‘nice’ and having a higher number of close friends.
The study was carried out by psychologists from Goldsmiths University in London.
It found people who thought they were ‘nice’ were generally more relaxed, happy and successful – but not necessarily more agreeable.
‘We observed a really interesting result in relation to people’s ratings of how nice they are, and how they scored on validated measures of individual differences,’ Jonathan Freeman, who led the study, told The Times.

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