Being nice as pie could bite into your bank balance
NICE people are more likely to struggle with their finances, says a study.
People with warm personalities are at higher risk of going bankrupt, having lower savings and higher debt.
They are also more likely to default on debt than grumpy people, the research into more than three million Britons and Americans found.
Even children who were nicer ended up suffering greater financial hardship later in life as adults.
The study was compiled from the BBC’s 2011 Big Per- sonality Test, bank account and geographical data.
Researchers found people who were discovered to be more agreeable in psychological tests tended to have higher rates of insolvency.
Co-researcher Dr Joe Gladstone, of University College London, said: “This relationship appears to be driven by the fact that agreeable people simply care less about money and therefore are at higher risk of money mismanagement.”
The study was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.