An easy-going personality may help to forestall cognitive
decline as we age. Researchers from the Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)
studied 506 older Swedes and found that those men and women who were
socially outgoing and not easily distressed by circumstances were 49%
less likely to develop dementia over time, as compared to those who were
extroverted and neurotic. In addition, a calm personality was also
associated with a 49% reduced dementia risk in those who were not
socially active compared with those who were stay-at-homes but prone to
Generally speaking, people with relaxed personalities tend to have a more stable mood and are better able to handle stressful situations with little anxiety. Try to take challenging situations in stride.
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