Harvard Health Letter

Raising your conscientiousness

Becoming more conscientious could be your ticket to better health and longer life.

Our weight, our genes, our diet, whether we exercise or smoke (or used to)—we accept that these are all part of the complicated mix that determines how healthy we are, the diseases we might get, and those that we might avoid.

But there's another factor that maybe doesn't get as much attention as it might: our personalities. Researchers have found that personality type correlates not only with health behaviors, but also with health outcomes, including longevity.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »